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Allied International Credit takes advantage of Shaw Contract Group’s Environmental Guarantee

Shaw has recycled more than half a billion pounds of post-consumer carpet since 2006 – a major milestone in the growth of the company’s reclamation and recycling business.

This level of positive environmental impact would not be possible if not for the valued relationships with customers such as Allied International Credit, which purchased 5,500 square yards of carpet tile for its Toronto offices in 2003, and recently replaced and recycled the product with 7,500 square yards of new Shaw Contract Group product.

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David Rae, President & CEO, says the initial purchasing decision was based in part on the recyclability options:

“Allied has purchased Shaw Contract Group carpet in various offices over the years and we have always found it to be the longest lasting and most durable,” said Rae.

“Our dealer, Sands Commercial Flooring, educated us on the recycling options that Shaw provides and this prompted us to select a Shaw Contract Group product as we pursue green initiatives as much as possible for all of our offices. We recently expanded and refurbished our Newmarket, Ontario call center. As we began the process, we looked to Shaw Contract Group once again for our flooring. In addition to our Toronto facility, we also installed carpet tile with LokDots in our Montreal, Quebec office. Choosing LokDots over traditional adhesive installs the same amount of carpet, yet reduces shipping cost and increases shipping efficiency. By using LokDots we eliminated 63 pails of adhesive which weighs 2,205 pounds. Our new carpet looks great and we continue to get compliments from everyone who visits our site.”

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Thanks to Allied’s dedication to environmental stewardship, the company has helped to create new energy and materials for future generations.

Shaw Industries coordinates the reclamation process, where the old carpet is staged at the property during the renovation process and then transported to one of Shaw’s recycling partners. When possible, the used type 6 nylon is sent to Shaw’s Evergreen Recycling Center in Augusta, GA, where it enters the recycling process of becoming new carpet again. Here, it is broken down into caprolactam, the building block of type 6 nylon carpet fiber, and made into new Type 6 nylon again without degrading the quality or performance of the fiber. Shaw also reclaims other types of carpet fiber, and these materials are reprocessed into other products or used into waste-to-energy facilities.

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PVC-Free EcoWorx: What Goes Around Comes Around

Shaw leads the industry in carpet reclamation, collecting more than 90 million pounds annually including reclamation of our EcoWorx products. With proven performance across the globe, and recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency for its environmental leadership, EcoWorx is tried, tested, and truly remarkable.

In August 2010, we installed our one billionth square foot of EcoWorx, just 11 years after its release. When EcoWorx has reached the end of its useful life, we want it back. Just call Shaw, we’ll pick it up and recycle it into more EcoWorx, preparing it for the next billion square feet. EcoWorx is unique because, through our Environmental Guarantee, those products are reclaimed from across the globe and recycled at our facilities in Cartersville, Georgia. Recycling EcoWorx is hassle-free, making it easy for our customers to recycle their used carpet, saving valuable time and money on landfill fees. Our Environmental Guarantee proves its worth with EcoWorx because the product holds value as raw material for next generation of products.

With EcoWorx products being completely recyclable and PVC-free, this provides a model resource to buildings, including schools and hospitals, while contributing toward LEED certification. The University of California system chose Shaw Contract Group for its frequent purchasing and recycling needs across 10 campuses. Since then, over 90,000 square yards of carpet has been collected from UC campuses and recycled into new carpet.

In 2004, Shaw ceased production on PVC products altogether. Compared to traditional PVC, EcoWorx has superior performance with 8x greater tear strength, 5x greater tensile strength, and 2x greater delamination strength, all while ensuring safety for human health and the environment.

Learn more about EcoWorx in our interactive brochure.

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