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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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Getting PVC Out of Schools

The fight for PVC-free schools just got that much stronger. In April, PVC-free school policies were endorsed by one of the nation’s largest educational labor federations: NYSUT (the New York State United Teachers). NYSUT represents more than 600,000 employees and retirees from New York State schools, colleges, and healthcare facilities.

Shaw Contract Group ended the use of the PVC in our products in 2006. Since then, backings like EcoWorx – the industry’s first fully sustainable, non-PVC carpet tile backing –  have been a much more healthy and sustainable solution. Learn more about our sustainable carpet solutions for schools in our education brochure.

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