FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 12, 2009
Contact: Greta Houlahan
Phone: (734) 913-5723
Certified Sustainable Carpet Now Available for Designers and Architects that Want to Demonstrate Environmental Stewardship
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – NSF International, the developer of the only American National Standard for sustainable carpet, today announced that InterfaceFLOR, a leading manufacturer of modular carpet, has received certification to NSF/ANSI 140: Sustainable Carpet for both their GlasBac and GlasBac RE products. InterfaceFLOR’s facility in Chonburi, Thailand, is the first manufacturing facility outside of North America to achieve this highly-reputable certification.
The NSF Sustainable Carpet Standard was developed to help drive the carpet industry toward a more sustainable future by providing a national standard that can be used for developing environmentally-friendly carpet. NSF International certifies carpet to ensure it meets all of the standard’s requirements, which helps designers, architects, and contractors chose more sustainable products. The NSF Sustainable Carpet Certification Program, which is based on NSF/ANSI Standard 140, uses a point system to address six key areas:
Based on the number of points earned, certification is issued in one of three levels – silver, gold or platinum. InterfaceFLOR achieved silver certification.
“At InterfaceFLOR, we are committed to environmental leadership in every aspect of our business, and we are dedicated to reducing our environmental footprint. Obtaining NSF/ANSI 140 certification for sustainable carpets helps us demonstrate our commitment to Mission Zero, our promise to eliminate all negative impacts we may have on the environment by 2020,” says Connie Hensler, Director of Life Cycle Assessment Programs at InterfaceFLOR.
InterfaceFLOR’s certified sustainable carpet can also help companies earn innovation points toward their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The LEED Green Building Rating System™ encourages and accelerates global adoption of sustainable green building and development practices through the creation and implementation of universally understood and accepted tools and performance criteria.
“With so many companies claiming to be green, InterfaceFLOR took the steps necessary to ensure their products were certified to an American national sustainability standard,” says Petie Davis, Business Unit Manager for Sustainability Services at NSF International. “Consumers can be confident that InterfaceFLOR is ‘walking the talk’ when it comes to their certified carpets because the sustainable practices used to manufacture GlasBac and GlasBac RE products were verified by an independent, third-party organization.”
Background on NSF International's Sustainable Carpet Standard
The carpet industry and The Carpet and Rug Institute approached NSF International in 2005 for assistance in developing an American National Standard for carpets and rugs. After two years of development by consensus-based groups (regulators, manufacturers and consumers), NSF Standard 140-2007 was written.
About NSF International: NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. NSF’s sustainable business solutions include carbon footprinting, greenhouse gas verification, as well as standards development and certification for sustainable products. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.
About InterfaceFLOR LLC: InterfaceFLOR, LLC is a subsidiary of Interface, Inc., the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial modular carpet. For 33 years, the company has consistently led the industry through innovation and now leads the industry in environmental sustainability. InterfaceFLOR is setting the pace for the development of modular carpet using materials and processes that take less from the environment. Interface’s worldwide carpet manufacturing facilities maintain third-party registration to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System, and the company is recognized globally for its commitment to build environmental considerations into its business decisions. For more information, visit: www.interfaceflor.com.