Shaw Industries, other carpetmakers move to more sustainable production

From Times Free Time:


The world’s biggest carpetmaker said Monday that 85 percent of its products are now certified for sustainability by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute as carpet and rugs are made with less energy and water and with a bigger share of recycled materials.

In its 2016 sustainability report, Shaw Industries Inc. said it has made major progress toward its sustainability goals, including a 36 percent reduction in water consumption, a 34 percent reduction in waste intensity, a 25 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and a 16 percent reduction in energy use over the past decade. Since 2005, Shaw also has had a 40 percent reduction in the rate of OSHA safety incidents involving its workers.

“Shaw is continuing to invest and evolve to succeed amidst ever accelerating change in every market in which we compete,” Shaw CEO Vance Bell said. “Sustainability will continue to be an important catalyst for the sort of innovation that will drive our enduring success.”

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