Recycling and Reclamation

Whenever possible, we work with suppliers who are ecologically sensitive and responsible—and one of the most prominent is Shaw Floors, an outstanding steward of the environment. Here are some of the reasons why:


Evergreen Nylon Recycling

Evergreen Nylon Recycling, Shaw’s nylon recycling operation in Augusta, Georgia, employs patented technology that converts post-consumer nylon carpet and recycles it back to its original material—the building block for nylon fiber. As a result of this technology, carpets of Nylon 6 can be recycled into new carpet repeatedly without loss of any aesthetic or performance properties. It is a true CARPET TO CARPET™ process.

The term “cradle to grave” describes the process by which consumer products are conventionally manufactured:  we take raw materials from the earth, make products, and eventually send those products to overflowing landfills. Cradle-to-cradle production means that products can be collected and returned to manufacturing of the original product again and again. Shaw is well on the path toward achieving it. They’re committed to investing in technologies that move toward a cradle-to-cradle future, such as their Evergreen nylon recycling facility that recycles post-consumer Nylon 6* carpets back into the raw materials to make new carpet. Just as natural products can be returned to the earth for decomposition to make fertilizers in a cycle of renewal, cradle-to-cradle manufacturing mimics this process. The company believes that cradle-to-cradle is the path to true sustainability.

*There are two types of nylon fiber—Nylon 6 and Nylon 6.6. Currently, post-consumer Nylon 6.6 cannot be recycled back into dyeable carpet fiber, whereas Nylon 6 can be.

Partnering with a number of recycling companies, Shaw has established a collection network to bring post-consumer carpets to Evergreen for recycling. Currently, the collection system is operational in a number of locations throughout the country.

Call 1-800-434-9887 for more information on collection sites.


Green Solutions in Hard Surfaces


EnviroCore™, the HDF (high-density fiber) core featured in Shaw’s Epic hardwood products, is made from post-industrial recycled wood fiber. Use of this innovative core means consumption of fewer trees and less waste. In addition, 99% of the material used to package EnviroCore is diverted from the landfill through the use of reusable or recyclable material.

Epic hardwood flooring features EnviroCore, a high-density fiber core derived from recycled wood fiber, which means fewer trees are used with less waste. Epic 3/8”-hardwood uses 50% less harvested wood than comparable engineered wood flooring and it comes from managed forests. Epic hardwood contains 50% recycled material to conserve valuable resources.


Shaw’s OptiCore® fiber core for laminate is made from wood that comes from managed forests.

100% of the post-industrial laminate manufacturing waste from Shaw’s Ringgold, Georgia, facility is diverted from the landfill. This waste is mainly used as fuel for Shaw’s waste-to-energy process, the innovative technology that converts carpet and wood waste to steam energy through a procedure called gasification.

Manufacturing waste from Shaw’s West Coast operations is also sold for fuel.

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