Interface’s Taicang Plant First in China to Produce NSF International Certified Sustainable Carpet
Certification of its GlasBac®, GlasBac RE® and CushionBac® products – manufactured in China - to NSF/ANSI 140 helps Interface meet the demands for its certified sustainable carpet around the globe
ANN ARBOR, Mich., USA and TAICANG, Jiangsu Province, China – NSF Sustainability, a division of global public health organization NSF International, has certified global carpet tile manufacturer Interface’s (Nasdaq: TILE) GlasBac®, GlasBac RE® and CushionBac® products to NSF/ANSI 140: Sustainability Assessment for Carpet. These products are manufactured at the company’s facility in Jiangsu Province, China, the first manufacturing plant in China to produce more sustainable carpet products certified by NSF International.
“Interface has demonstrated a true global commitment to sustainability,” said Tom Bruursema, General Manager of NSF Sustainability. “Product specifiers around the globe now have even greater access to Interface’s certified sustainable carpet products, which is an essential component in helping their customers worldwide meet their sustainability and environmental goals.
NSF/ANSI 140 establishes sustainability performance requirements for carpet products throughout their life cycle and supply chain. Designers, architects, facility managers, purchasing professionals and contractors depend on the standard to specify and obtain reliable and more sustainable carpet products. In fact, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), which serves as the purchasing arm of the U.S. government, requires a minimum Gold level certification to NSF/ANSI 140: Sustainability Assessment for Carpet for all broadloom (wall-to-wall) carpet and carpet tile.
NSF certified sustainable carpet products also may contribute innovation points toward a building’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification as well as Materials and Resources credits under the Green Globes green building rating program.
Utilizing a point system, NSF/ANSI 140 establishes a carpet product’s social and environmental performance, including labor practices, human rights, product life cycle assessment, energy efficiency, environmental management, reclamation and end-of-product-life management. Based on the number of points earned, certification is issued in one of three levels – Silver, Gold or Platinum.
Interface’s GlasBac® and CushionBac® carpet tiles achieved Gold certification and GlasBac RE® carpet achieved Platinum certification, the highest level of achievement. GlasBac RE contains up to 41 percent recycled content, sourced through the company’s pioneering ReEntry carpet tile reclamation program, which has diverted 130,000 tonnes of carpet from the landfill since 1995.
“Interface is committed to sustainability leadership in every aspect of our business, and we are dedicated to reducing our environmental footprint throughout the globe. We previously obtained NSF/ANSI 140 certification for products manufactured at our facilities in LaGrange, Georgia, USA and Chonburi, Thailand and now the Jiangsu Province China facility is proudly joining that list,” says Connie Hensler, Director of Corporate Life Cycle Assessment Programs at Interface.
The NSF National Center for Sustainability Standards (NCSS) facilitated the development of NSF/ANSI 140 in partnership with the Carpet and Rug Institute and other industry, academic and regulatory participants. For more information on NSF Sustainability, visit nsfsustainability.org or contact Jamie Bush at 734-827-5668 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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About NSF International: NSF International is an independent global organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the construction, food, water, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide. Operating in more than 150 countries, NSF International is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment. NSF Sustainability draws upon this expertise in standards development, product assurance and certification, advisory services and quality management systems to help companies green their products, operations, systems and supply chains.
About Interface: Interface, Inc. is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial modular carpet. For 40 years, the company has consistently led the industry through innovation and now leads the industry in environmental sustainability. Interface 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.interface.com.