KENNESAW, GA.—Reinforcing its commitment to providing customers with an expansive collection of sustainable carpeting for contract interiors, The Mohawk Group announces that numerous product platforms have achieved SCS (Scientific Certification Systems) Sustainable Choice Platinum and Gold/Environmentally Preferable Product (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.
With four certification levels, including Platinum/EPP, Gold/EPP, Silver and Bronze, the multifaceted 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.
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