March 2005

Carpet backing technology earns top award acclaim

Dalton, GA— C&A Floorcoverings, a Tandus company, announced that ethos™, its high recycled-content cushion backing made from recycled PVB film from safety glass, has been named a Top 10 Green Building Product of 2004 by two respected, industry-leading publications. BuildingGreen, Inc., publisher of Environmental Building News and GreenSpec Directory, and Architectural Record both recognized ethos in their December 2004 issues for its environmental characteristics. C&A was the only carpet manufacturer selected for inclusion in these accolades.

“Reflected in our Top 10 list this year is a concern about energy,” said GreenSpec coeditor Alex Wilson. Other issues reflected in the selections are water conservation, toxin reduction, and longer product life cycles.

Tandus and C&A have committed to finding the next evolution in carpet backing. ethos, a non-chlorinated thermoplastic terpolymer created from reclaimed PVB film used in laminated safety glass, is an alternative to other structured backings, such as EVA, polyurethane, polyolefin and PVC. For years, manufacturers have recycled glass, but few had delved into additional uses for recovered PVB. C&A is the first manufacturer to mine this abundant waste stream to recycle the thermoplastic resin into a high-performance carpet backing.

During the research process, C&A studied and evaluated a number of alternative polymers, but only one met all of C&A’s stringent performance and environmental criteria. Ultimately, ethos meets or exceeds the traditionally superior performance of PVC backings without chlorine or phthalates, does not contain antimicrobial pesticides, incorporates high post-consumer recycled content and is 100% closed-loop recyclable into carpet backing.

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