You may already know that our hometown of Dalton, GA is often referred to as the “Carpet Capital of the world.”
What you may not know is the incredible leaps and bounds the carpet manufacturers like Mohawk and Shaw have made in recent years to limit their carbon footprint and seek sustainability. As such, flooring manufacturers are now working towards and achieving certifications from the International Living Future Institute’s Petal Challenge and Mohawk was the first to achieve it! Mohawk Carpet, a leading carpet and flooring manufacturer (and basically our neighbor) has been at the forefront of the sustainability movement. Located just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the Dalton city center, Mohawk calls this their “Beacon of Sustainability.”
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Carpet Express is proud to offer flooring manufacturers like Shaw, Mohawk, Armstrong, and Mannington, all of whom have made outstanding commitments to sustainability. Mannington is a fourth-generation, family-owned company that believes in doing the right thing. When it comes to the environment, they believe that their actions speak louder than words. Below, you’ll see a few of the initiatives that Mannington has developed to promote ecological well-being and ensure they are at the forefront of responsible manufacturing.
Save the Honey Bees!!
We all KNOW how important honey bees are to everything in our day to day lives. In 2009, Mannington began introducing bee colonies at their manufacturing plant in New Jersey. Since then, they have expanded the initiative to include another colony location at their Florida plant. Read more about their honey bee initiative here
Harnessing the power of the sun! Mannington’s New Jersey facility is home to over 3,900 solar panels on 3.3 acres. This is one of the largest arrays of solar power in the flooring industry, and that’s just impressive. Check out more about their solar initiative here
Better Plants Partner
Along with Armstrong, Mohawk and Shaw Industries, Mannington is committed to reducing the energy intensity of their operations by 25% in 10 years through a program started by the US Department of Energy. As of today, they have achieved 18% energy improvement from baseline consumption. At this point, they are on target to reach their goals! To read more about the Better Plants partner initiative, check out energy.gov and here
Pesticides vs. Purple Martins
Now this is seriously incredible. No need for pesticides here! Using a migrating bird species to control pests, while ensuring the longevity of the species by providing a safe spot during migration. Seriously. Just smart stuff. Read more about the project here
Reuse (Dry Wall)
Mannington is proud to offer several types and styles of flooring that promote the reduce/reuse/recycle credo. One in particular is absolutely fascinating. Think about the amount of drywall that comes from renovation projects, new home construction, old home deconstruction and literally any place that has walls or used to have walls. That is SO MUCH potential waste filling up our landfills. Well, Mannington decided they wanted to help reduce that drywall-to-earth ratio by taking that would be trash and turning it into sustainable flooring. Products like the BioSpec RE resilient commercial flooring is made up by 20% post-consumer carpet as well as 15% post-consumer content. Click here to check out the BioSpec RE commercial flooring. Check out the video below from Mannington describing the idea and process behind this initiative!
Mannington has one of the largest portfolio of products with recycled content. What does this all mean for you and your next design project or remodel? Glad you asked- Carpet Express offers incredible deals on Mannington hardwood,laminate, and vinyl. We’re also just here to help if you need some info! Give us a call or stop by the showroom to check out some of Mannington’s products up-close and personal!
Recently Milliken released its first-ever sustainability report, which provides transparency and detailed insight into the company’s global operations and products.
The material issues addressed in the report include: chemical and human health impacts, recycled content and ability to be recycled, resource consumption, and supply chain impacts of products.
Here are some key highlights from the report:
Achieving zero waste to landfill goals for 22 years
Reducing Scope 1 and Scope 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 17.5% and 6.4% respectively
Reducing energy consumption by 13.6%
Reducing water consumption by 35.7%
Reducing waste generation by 11.2%
Completing Declare transparency labels for Milliken PVC-free broadloom and modular carpet to now provide three third-party-verified environmental certifications/labels
Supporting charities around the world with volunteer commitments and monetary and product donations
The Milliken Sustainability Report meets the requirements of LEED V.4 MRc3 credit and precedes advancements across multiple components of Milliken’s sustainability program. Click here to see our collection of Milliken carpet. Click here to see Milliken’s sustainability report.
The Dalton carpet industry continues to lead the way for eliminating waste that is sent to landfills. Many manufacturers use different methods to manufacture and recycle carpet in more Eco-friendly ways. Carpet manufacturers in Dalton continue to create sustainability plans that will reduce water usage, reduce energy intensity and increase use of renewable energy, cut greenhouse emissions, increase the use of recycled, bio-based content in the carpet, and to eventually eliminate the use of landfills.
Recently J+J Flooring Co. in Dalton, GA has eliminated its waste contributions to local landfills, and they have been verified as a zero waste-to-landfill manufacturer. No industrial or office waste goes to any landfill. The company has taken many positive steps to make sure that their employees recycle everything in the office, and all of the parts of carpet are broken down to be recycled as well.
The Dalton carpet industry now uses more recyclable materials in their carpets and recycles old carpet than ever before. The carpet manufacturers are putting more focus on creating programs to break down and recycle their carpets. Hopefully, one day in the future, all of the carpet from landfills will be recycled and no future carpet will ever be placed in a landfill.
Recently, Mohawk released their 2014 sustainability report. The report details how the company has honed its ability to grow profitably and responsibly while acquiring and integrating 30 new businesses in the past three decades.
“Our continued success at Mohawk is due in large part to growing the organization responsibly,” Mohawk Industries chief sustainability officer Dave Patton said. “With our ongoing internal investments and acquisitions, we are committed to taking responsible actions in line with our philosophy of sustainability, and we will continue providing value to our stakeholders, customers, community partners and all of our employees whose good work drives our success.”
According to Mohawk, highlights include:
Nearly $4 billion of investments in acquisitions and capital improvements since 2013
Double-digit percentage improvements across all safety metrics
Strong progress toward 2020 goals of reducing energy, greenhouse gasses (GHG), water and waste to landfill
Energy Intensity down more than 11 percent
Greenhouse Gas Intensity down more than nine percent
Water Intensity down nearly 16 percent
Waste to Landfill Intensity down more than 13 percent
In addition to a fifth straight year of reductions in energy intensity, the company also saw a reduction in absolute energy use even as Mohawk’s footprint expanded
Expansion of sustainable best practices across all businesses
Zero Waste to Landfill initiative successfully implemented within all business segments
Continued growth in the area of product transparency with environmental product declarations, health product declarations and Declare labels now covering a larger percentage of our product base
Once again recognized by Newsweek as one of the top green companies in the United States
“We understand that the best companies are those that operate profitably and sustainably, which is why we are so proud of the progress we have made toward our 2020 goals during the reporting period and particularly with our reduction in absolute energy consumption,” Mohawk Industries’ vice president of corporate sustainability Jenny Cross said. “These practices are consistent with our values as a company and increasingly with the personal values of millions in our global community.”
Click here to see Mohawk’s 2014 Sustainability Report.