The Mohawk Group Earns Sustainable Product Certifications

Oct. 23, 2006
Kennesaw, GA – Reinforcing its commitment to providing customers with an expansive collection of sustainable carpeting for contract interiors, The Mohawk Group announced that numerous product platforms have achieved SCS (Scientific Certification Systems) Sustainable Choice Platinum/Environmentally Preferable Product (EPP) and Gold/EPP certification. Platinum and Gold are the highest levels of achievement recognized under the new national Sustainable Carpet Assessment Standard, NSF-140-2005. The standard is the industry’s new sustainability benchmark for ensuring environmentally and socially responsible carpeting products.

“Providing our customers with high quality sustainable products has always been a driving force in The Mohawk Group’s design and manufacturing processes,” says Jim McCallum, president of The Mohawk Group. “With third-party certification programs like SCS Sustainable Choice as an industry standard for excellence in sustainability, we will continue to improve upon and develop new innovative products and technologies that enable our customers to specify the very best in environmentally responsible carpeting.”

The carpet and rug industry is the first category of building products to earn SCS Sustainable Choice certification. The NSF-140-2005 standard was developed on a consensus basis, building upon previous EPP standards by which carpet manufacturers certified their products.

“The Mohawk Group continues to make great strides in propelling industry momentum for protecting and improving the environment in which we work and live,” says Diann Barbacci, vice president of sustainable design for The Mohawk Group. “With the coveted distinction of such a diverse portfolio of sustainable certified Environmentally Preferable Products, we are helping our customers purchase the products they need with confidence to meet their individual sustainability requirements.”

With four certification levels, including Platinum/EPP, Gold/EPP, Silver and Bronze, the multi-faceted rating system is designed to address the key stages of carpeting products’ life-cycle, and evaluates products against six categories of criteria: public health and the environment; renewable energy and efficiency; bio-based or recycled materials; environmental and social responsible manufacturing; and reclamation, sustainable reuse and end-of-life management.

Among the Mohawk Group’s certified product platforms, several were also certified by SCS to meet the California Platinum and Gold Sustainability standards. Product platforms that received SCS Sustainable Choice and CaliforniaState certification are:·      Durkan Commercial Ultron UPSre – SCS Sustainable Choice™ Gold/EPP, California Gold

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