Shaw Industries Releases 2014 Sustainability Report


Recently, Shaw Industries released their 2014 Sustainability Report. Shaw shifted to the Global Reporting Initiative’s newest G4 standard converged with a notable increase in the demand for supply chain transparency surrounding product ingredients across the flooring industry. Shaw was prepared for the shift after designing for Cradle to Cradle Certified product standards. The company is continuing to develop innovative sustainability solutions to create a better future for its customers, associates, and communities.

“In the past 2 years, we have committed $540 million in capital investments to enhance our operations, including $350 million in expansions,” said Vance Bell, chairman and CEO, Shaw Industries. “These initiatives in infrastructure, equipment, advanced technology, and product development will get underway throughout 2015 and 2016, and result in 1,000 new jobs in the coming years – this is the kind of innovation that creates a more sustainable future.”

Shaw’s holistic approach to sustainability is that every material, every process, and every action is designed for a better future.

The new report outlines significant initiatives such as:

Product Stewardship
Shaw announced a more than $20 million investment in a new recycling facility in Ringgold, GA. This new facility is called Evergreen Ringgold, and it will be the first of its kind to recycle nylon as well as polyester carpet. This expansion to Shaw’s recycling capabilities builds upon the company’s efforts that have resulted in the collection and recycling of more than 800 million pounds of post-consumer carpet since 2006.

Material Use
Shaw takes the utmost care to ensure that the materials that go into its products are both safe and environmentally responsible. In 2014, 66 percent of the sales of Shaw manufactured products were Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver.

Branding and Marketing
Shaw is committed to communicating responsibly and regularly about its products and the company’s approach to sustainability. Through its commitment to Cradle to Cradle and numerous other sustainability standards and reporting tools, Shaw employs labels and certifications as credible evidence of the company’s commitment to transparency and third-party verification and to help facility product purchase decisions.

Talent Management
Shaw recognized the changing needs of its people and its business and identified key leadership characteristics that will be important in Shaw’s success moving forward. Shaw also began to establish more formal opportunities for its associates to support each other through affinity groups such as the Women’s Innovation Network (WiN) and ShawVET. These and other efforts resulted in Shaw being named number eight on the Forbes’ inaugural list of America’s Best Employers.

Click here to see Shaw’s 2014 Sustainability Report.

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World Environment Day!

world environment dayTaking care of the environment is one of the most important things we can do, and many of our carpet and hardwood manufacturers create environmentally friendly flooring. Shaw, Mohawk, Armstrong, and IndusParquet are just a few of the manufacturers who create products that help the environment.
Shaw Industries has many environmentally friendly products, which are Cradle to Cradle certified. Cradle to Cradle focuses on designing so that waste is never an option. Cradle to Cradle creates products that will be deconstructed and recycled back into their original materials over and over again. Here are some of Shaw’s Cradle to Cradle certified products: Anso Type 6 Nylon fiber, Eco Solution Type 6 nylon fiber, EcoWorx carpet tile backing, EcoWorx Broadloom, EcoWorx Performance Broadloom backing, Zeftron Nylon fiber, and Epic hardwood. cradle to cradle

Anso nylon carpets are some of Shaw’s most popular green products. All of the carpets and area rugs made from Anso nylon can be recycled at Shaw’s Evergreen Nylon Recycling facility. Evergreen enables Shaw to recycle post-consumer carpet back into new carpet over and over again.

Click here to see our collection of Shaw Anso Nylon carpets.


Another Shaw carpet fiber that helps the environment is the ClearTouch fiber. ClearTouch carpets are made of PET plastic from recycled soda and water bottles. ClearTouch carpets are very soft, and they also help reduce plastic bottle waste. ClearTouch PET carpets contain a minimum of 25% recycled content, and the ClearTouch Platinum carpets contain a minimum of 50% post-consumer recycled content.

Click here to see our collection of Shaw ClearTouch carpets. clear touch
Another Shaw product that helps the environment is the Shaw Epic hardwood collection. This engineered hardwood uses 50% less newly harvested wood than conventional engineered flooring.

Click here to read more about Shaw Epic hardwood.


Mohawk SmartStrand carpets are also green products. The SmartStrand fiber is made in part with annually renewable plant-based materials that minimize the usage of limited natural resources. Using renewable plant-based materials allows Mohawk to reduce energy consumption. SmartStrand carpets are durable, beautiful, and beneficial to the environment.

Click here to see our collection of Mohawk SmartStrand carpets.


Armstrong is another manufacturer who helps out the environment by practicing sustainable forest management. They also help reduce the impact of logging practices. The majority of wood that Armstrong uses in their domestic hardwood flooring is sourced from the Appalachian hardwood region, where the growth rate is an average 2+ trees for every tree harvested. Also, their engineered hardwood flooring is certified as a low-emitting (low VOC) wood product.

Click here to see our collection of Armstrong hardwood. armstrong

IndusParquet is another hardwood manufacturer that focuses on helping the environment. IndusParquet operates in compliance of government regulations, assuring that the natural resources used in the production of IndusParquet products are manufactured efficiently with minimum impact on the environment. The timber harvest in Brazil is strictly controlled by the government, and the harvest is limited to a maximum of eight trees per 3/4 acre. Endangered trees and trees that provide food for animals are preserved. They are not allowed to be harvested. Also, every tree that is harvested is tagged with an ID code that stays with the tree throughout the manufacturing process.
In addition, IndusParquet has adopted a zero waste policy. 100% of all the wood that enters the factory is used. IndusParquet also owns three vast reforestation plantations to help assure a sustainable resource. Make sure to look for the “Made in Brazil” mark for exotic wood flooring made to protect and preserve the environment.

Click here to see our collection of IndusParquet hardwood. indusparquet

These are only a few of the manufacturers who have programs and production methods to help the environment. If you would like to know more information, please check out each manufacturer page or leave us a comment below. You can also call us at 1-800-922-5582 for more information.

I hope everyone has a wonderful World Environment Day!go_green_happy_world_environment_day_1070788833.jpg

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Shaw Green Edge

2Shaw Chairman and CEO Vance Bell says that sustainability at the company means driving innovation, protecting and efficiently using resources, and engaging with associates, customers, and communities while focusing on the long-term. Over the years, Shaw has continued to become more efficient with how Eco-friendly their products are and how the products are made, which can be seen in their yearly sustainability reports.

Here are a few highlights from the 2013 Shaw Sustainability Report:

  • The company recycled more than 700 million pounds of carpet.
  • The company achieved 64% of product sales from Cradle to Cradle Certified products.
  • The company’s continued dedication to transparency through Health Product Declarations (HPDs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).
  • The company invested $20 million in energy and greenhouse gas reductions through efficient equipments and systems in recent years.
  • Shaw installed a 1MW solar panel system on the roof of their carpet tile manufacturing facility in Cartersville, GA.


Shaw has set new sustainability goals that they want to reach before or by the year 2030.

  • Reduce energy intensity 40%
  • Reduce total waste to landfills 100%
  • Reduce hazardous waste 100%
  • Reduce water intensity 50%
  • Achieve an OSHA incident rate of zero
  • Design 100% of products to Cradle to Cradle protocols.

Shaw continues to create new products that help the environment. The most environmentally friendly carpet from Shaw is any of their carpets made of Anso Nylon. Anso Nylon is a nylon 6 fiber, which means it can be recycled into carpet fiber again and again, endlessly. Anso Nylon carpets do not have to be thrown in landfills because they can be recycled to create entirely new carpet. Anso Nylon carpets have great performance, built-in stain and crush resistance, and they are beautiful to have in a home.
Shaw continues to strive for new and innovative ways to create great products for their customers, and they strive every year to help the environment more and more.

Click here to see our collection of Shaw carpets.
Click here to see our collection of Shaw Anso Nylon carpets.

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