Dalton, Ga. -- Engineered Floors is promoting the use of fewer chemicals in soft surfaces with the manufacturing of its PureColor PET products.
Engineered Floors does not use fluorocarbons on its PureColor solution-dyed polyester products. Fluorocarbons, also referred to as perfluorocarbons or PFCs, are man-made chemicals, manufactured by combining the chemical fluorine and carbon, making the C-F bond. This bond is very strong, and subsequently, PFCs are bio-accumulative and do not break down rapidly in nature, which causes long term negative impacts on the environment. PFCs are applied topically during manufacturing to help provide soil and stain release. Commonly known as the “waxy” coat on top of carpet, PFCs are what causes the “lotus effect” when a liquid is poured onto carpet that has been treated with a non-natural chemical.
Since the company’s inception in 2009, Engineered Floors’ residential carpet has never contained PFCs, and since 2018, all Engineered Floors carpet across all brands and divisions, including J+J and EF Contract, are PFC free.
“It is one thing to transition away from the use of PFCs, but it is an entirely different thing to have never used them to start with,” said Russ Delozier, director of environmental innovation. “I am extremely proud of Engineered Floors for having begun its residential polyester business with never using topical PFCs. Such leadership in the omission of the chemical is a real benefit to consumers as well as the planet.”
Mike Sanderson, vice president of marketing, added, “Using no PFCs is just the latest addition to the Engineered Floors green story. Recently we won the Best of Surfaces Award for Sustainability for using 30% less energy, 42% less greenhouse emissions, and 87% less water than traditional carpet manufacturing.”
For more information, visit www.engineeredfloors.com.