EcoWorx Carpet Tile Now Certified to More Rigorous Standard
Shaw Industries has achieved Cradle to Cradle certified silver status for its EcoWorx carpet tile under the new, more rigorous 4.0 version of the product standard.
EcoWorx is among the first in the world to do so, including being the first in the built environment globally and the first of any product made in the U.S.
“Version 4.0 is the most ambitious and actionable standard yet for designing and making products today that enable a healthy, equitable and sustainable future,” says Christina Raab, vice-president of strategy and development at Shaw, and incoming CEO for the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. “(It) reflects significant advancements in knowledge and understanding of what it takes to make products with a positive impact. Shaw’s achievement is indicative of how manufacturers can create products made for tomorrow.”
Shaw launched EcoWorx carpet tile in 1999. The company’s flagship product — sold via Patcraft, Philadelphia Commercial and Shaw Contract brands — was the first flooring product to achieve Cradle to Cradle certification.
Today, almost 90 per cent of the products Shaw manufactures are certified to the standard.
With a longtime commitment to cradle to cradle design, Shaw says its achievement highlights the company’s continued efforts to design products for people and the planet.
“We are committed to helping create a better future and a better world, (one) in which we collectively value and invest in the health, well-being and success of all people and our planet,” says vice-president of global sustainability, Kellie Ballew.
Cradle to Cradle certified version 4.0 features new and enhanced requirements in all performance categories: improved alignment of material health requirements with leading chemical regulations and other standards, including a new restricted substances list; new frameworks for product circularity and social fairness that define global best practices; more rigorous requirements in clean air and climate protection to promote urgent action to address climate change; and expanded requirements in water and soil stewardship to ensure clean water and healthy soils are available to people and all other organisms.