InterfaceFLOR Receives Sustainable Carpet Certification

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 certification.

InterfaceFLOR, LLC is a subsidiary of Interface, Inc. (Nasdaq: IFSIA)–one of the many green companies regularly covered by the Progressive Investor newsletter.

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:

  • Public health and environment
  • Energy and energy efficiency
  • Bio-based recycled content materials
  • Manufacturing
  • Reclamation and end-of-life management
  • Innovation

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.

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.

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