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Carpet

Kraus

GREENChoice products are made with 10% post-consumer recycled content in the backing. Raw materials recovered from the consumer waste stream are used in the manufacture of a new carpet. By selecting GREENChoice carpet, you are diverting waste materials from landfill.

  • Recycled Nylon Fiber. Selected GREENChoice products contain 10% recycled nylon fiber. We've now recycled millions of pounds of waste nylon and shipped over 10 million sqft of carpet made with recycled nylon fiber. We are committed to shrinking the environmental footprint of our manufacturing processes with recycling and energy conservation. Rest assured that your GREENChoice carpet can be sent to any of our eight collection centers across North America for recycling. Also, Our GREENChoice products are ideal for people who are sensitive to air quality, because each is certified to the Carpet & Rug Institute's highest Indoor Air Quality rating. These products feature Bio Fresh anti-microbial protection, which protects against the growth of bacterial mold and mildew contributing to a cleaner, fresher, indoor environment.

 

Shaw

First manufacturer to commercially recycle used carpet and convert it back into new carpet. At our evergreen nylon recycling facility, we recycle approximately 100 million pounds of post-consumer carpet each year. This is more than the rest of the industry combined.

  • Anso Nylon: Anso nylon is the ONLY residential nylon carpet fiber that contains post-consumer recycled content and can be recycled into new carpet.
  • Clear Touch: Shaw's technologically advanced continuous filament PET carpet fiber that incorporates post-consumer recycled content from plastic beverage bottles. ClearTouch also represents the industry's first PET filament product with post-consumer recycled content.
  • EcoWorx Tile: The industry's first non-PVC tile backing system which contains 40% recycled content and overall recyclability. These products are covered by Shaw's unprecedented worldwide environmental guarantee which assures end users we will recycle old ecoworx carpet back into new ecoworx products at the end of their useful life.
  • Green Label Plus: All shaw carpet styles and carpet adhesives have earned CRI's Green Label Plus certification which assures consumers they will not emit harmful VOC's and will favorably impact indoor air quality.

 


Cork

Wicanders

Most of us don't notice it when we're walking on it, but cork flooring has been naturally enriching interiors for over 100 years. Cork bark is typically harvested every nine or ten years. Bottle stopper corks are punched from the best material. The remaining scraps are then ground into small granules, mixed with a binder, molded into large pieces and baked in specialized ovens - making use of every single portion of the cork bark.

As a floor covering, cork is durable, provides acoustical and thermal insulation, cushions the foot, is resistant to moisture damage and decay and is easy to clean. In addition to all of these features cork is harvested from trees in a sustainable manner - making it very worthy of consideration for use in green building.

Corks impact on the environment is extremely low due to the sustainable harvesting practices and basically zero waste from the manufacturing process. Producing nations regulate how frequently cork can be harvested in order to minimize damage to the trees.

A cork oak can live for up to 200 years, over which time its bark can be harvested up to 20 times. Not only is the bark inherently resistant to extreme temperature changes, it is resistant to over 38 species of insects, including termites, and to the development of microbes. Cork is exemplary in green flooring because the forest and surrounding habitat is kept 100% alive and undisturbed.


Marmoleum

Forbo

For many green consumers, marmoleum is their flooring choice because it's made from materials that are natural and renewable. The main ingredient is linseed oil, which gives linoleum its name. Linseed oil comes from flax, an easily cultivated plant also used to make linen. Other ingredients include natural pigments, pine rosin, and wood flour, often made from sustainably harvested pine trees. This mix is heated and run through rollers that press the flooring into a sheet and onto a fabric backing (usually jute), then hung to cure. No toxins are used or produced during the manufacturing, and no off-gassing occurs during use.

Besides using green ingredients, marmoleum is extremely healthy – making it the flooring choice of many hospitals and health care facilities.


Bamboo

Teragren

Bamboo grows to maturity in just 5-6 years (and can be harvested multiple times), while other typical flooring can take up to 80+ years (and can only be harvested once). Teragren controls their production process from harvest to distribution. The durable, 7-coat factory finish is a water-based and solvent-free. The proprietary manufacturing adhesive emits less formaldehyde than allowed by standards. Select products are also available manufactured with a formaldehyde free adhesive. All of Teragrens Bamboo floors are FloorScore certified, which is one of the world's most stringent indoor air quality standards. Bamboo also absorbs more carbon reducing co2 levels that lead to global warming, and they also release up to 35% more oxygen as well.

When you think of Green Products, you may think of cork, reclaimed wood, Marmoleum, bamboo & recycled glass. You will be pleased to also find that there are many commercial & residential carpets, porcelain tile, underlay & vinyl products that contain recycled content too. Many Green products are LEED certified, and some of our products are recyclable & re-usable. It will give you a great feeling knowing that you're helping the environment using our ever-expanding line of Green Products!