At the New Lab in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Wednesday, October 25, Humanscale and Mohawk Group partnered up for another evening of discussion for their Sustainability Talk Series: How Transparency is Changing the World. The series, which also took place in Boston on October 24 and Washington, D.C. on October 26, shed light on commercial manufacturing transparency, the intersectionality of sustainability and design, and how companies can achieve transparency as well as a positive impact within the natural world and within their communities.

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Humanscale and Mohawk Group, both leaders in the sustainability space, each communicated their efforts as evidenced through respective participation in the Living Product Challenge. Jane Abernethy, sustainability officer at Humanscale, told audiences about her company’s efforts as the first manufacturer to take on the Living Product Challenge with its Floating Table, while Mohawk Group, represented by VP Sustainability George Bandy, became the first manufacturer to achieve Living Product Challenge Petal Certification for its Lichen Collection.

The event also featured keynote speaker, Jason F. McLennan, founder of the Living Future Institute and the Living Product Challenge, who recently collaborated with Mohawk Group on their new product, the Lichen Collection. The Lichen Collection is the first floor covering to achieve Living Product Challenge Petal Certification, denoting it as a healthy, inspirational product with a net-positive impact on people and the environment, as well as being socially responsible and free of toxins. The collection also recently won the gold award at NeoCon.

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