BPS Expands Carpet Program, Reduces Carbon Footprint

April 1, 2008

CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA - Bentley Prince Street announced that its Cool Carpet™ program now comes standard on all of its broadloom and carpet tile products. Through the expanded program, every company product will now be third-party certified as carbon neutral, with zero net greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted during the entire life-cycle. Expanding this program to all products is Bentley Prince Street's latest step toward its Mission Zero™ goal of eliminating any negative impact it has on the environment by the year 2020. 

"Climate change is a significant issue for all of us, with consequences already evident across the globe. Making all our products climate neutral is just one way we're working to address this issue, and make it easy for our customers to participate in balancing the GHG emissions of their projects and join in the fight against global warming," says Anthony Minite, president of Bentley Prince Street.

Bentley Prince Street's Cool Carpet program is designed to offset the impact of global warming of the carpet by using life-cycle analysis to measure the CO2 emissions from its raw materials, manufacture, transport, use and maintenance and end-of-life disposition. Once the emissions are measured, Bentley Prince Street invests in a diverse portfolio of offset projects that meet stringent internal and third-party criteria for quality and credibility, and are designed to keep an equal amount of carbon dioxide from being released in the atmosphere as well as broaden the market for alternative energy.

This new initiative is the latest step in Bentley Prince Street's aggressive environmental sustainability programs. Since 1996, the company has reduced absolute GHG emissions, which are the primary contributor to global warming, by 70 percent through a strategy that encompasses manufacturing processes, product innovations and renewable energy use. For example, increasing manufacturing process efficiencies-as well as creating new energy-efficient manufacturing systems-has resulted in a 33 percent reduction in energy use per unit of product output over the last 10 years. GHG emissions also are reduced through effective use of renewable energy. Currently, 100 percent of Bentley Prince Street's electrical energy requirements are made renewable through the purchase of Green Tags and the purchase of green energy directly from the grid. The company also has an on-site 100 kwh photovoltaic solar array that provides a portion of the electrical energy required for manufacturing processes. 

About Bentley Prince Street
Defining style, color, quality and service for more than 25 years, Bentley Prince Street manufactures and markets award-winning broadloom and carpet tile products for commercial interiors across the globe. Bentley Prince Street is committed to sustainable commerce and innovations to integrate style and function with environmental practices through its Mission Zero™ goal of eliminating any negative impact it has on the environment by the year 2020. With the industry's most comprehensive vertical carpet manufacturing facility, the company maintains third-party certification to the ISO 9001 Quality Management System and the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System.  Based on Los Angeles County, CA, Bentley Prince Street is a subsidiary of Interface Inc., a global provider of floor coverings. For more information, visit www.bentleyprincestreet.com.

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