Landfilled carpet amounts reduced by team of
Atlanta, GA— At this year’s
Green Build Expo, the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), a
joint initiative of the carpet industry, the Environmental Protection
Agency, state governments and non-governmental organizations,
is announcing a partnership with sustainable design company Tricycle,
Inc. to reduce the amount of carpet waste landfilled annually.
In 2002, CARE established an
ambitious schedule to divert 40% of carpet landfill waste by the
year 2012 by focusing upon post-consumer carpet waste, helping
to promote and develop carpet reclamation and recycling programs.
Three years later, CARE reported more than 120 million pounds
of landfill diversion of old carpet and was selected as one of
the “25 Environmental Champions for 2005” in a recent
Tricycle’s services enable
manufacturers to design and prototype carpet as well as send samples
to architects and interiors designers before physically manufacturing
the products. In 12 months, in external product samples sent to
architects and designers alone, Tricycle simulation prevented
more than 50,000 pounds of carpet from making its way to landfill.
CARE’s emphasis upon post-consumer
waste aligns with Tricycle’s elimination of unnecessary
pre-production waste, to impact the full lifecycle of products
in the carpet and textile industries.