Green Building and the Environment
Green Carpet Is More Than a Color
Green building is no longer a trend; it is a mainstay. Schools, healthcare facilities, businesses and public facilities recognize the benefits of building green, and governmental entities are even passing laws to mandate future green construction of public and private buildings.
Carpet, carpet pads and carpet adhesives contribute to green building in two important ways: helping reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and emissions and contributing to the growing use of recycle content for building materials.
Because people spend about 90 percent of their time indoors, it is important to do everything possible to maintain the quality of indoor air, especially for new construction and renovation.
Carpet manufacturers were the first in the flooring industry to study their products for indoor air quality effects in schools and commercial settings. CRI worked with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), academic institutions and independent laboratories to evaluate carpet's role in the indoor environment. The result is the Green Label program and the even more rigorous Green Label Plus program.
These programs, which test for and certify low emissions from carpet, cushion and adhesives, have earned CRI recognition as an American National Standard Institute (ANSI) certification body.
Another way CRI has demonstrated its green leadership is by working through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and with multiple stakeholders to create a standard for sustainable carpet, NSF/ANSI 140.
Moreover, the carpet industry addresses the "3Rs" of sustainability by recovering, reusing and recycling carpets. With the goal of drastically reducing the amount of carpet going to landfill, the carpet industry is recycling carpet waste back into new carpet and carpet-related products and supporting markets for products made of spent carpet. More details.
CRI and its member companies are diligently working to enhance the industry's sustainable operation and development. The 2008 Sustainability Report demonstrates how the carpet industry is an environmental leader that takes a holistic approach to sustainability through environmental legacy, economic strength and social responsibility.
Commercial architects and green builders can earn LEED points by using Green Label and Green Label Plus carpet and carpet containing recycled content.