Johnsonite has formed a partnership with Texas Carpet Recycling and Corporate Floors, a Texas  commercial carpet landfill diversion company.

An installation of Johnsonite’s Azrock vct collection.

Johnsonite forms partnership in Texas for vct recycling

Johnsonite has formed a partnership with Texas Carpet Recycling and Corporate Floors, a Texas commercial carpet landfill diversion company. Through this partnership, Texas Carpet Recycling will serve as the central collection point for Johnsonite’s ReStart Reclamation and Recycling program in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, and will consolidate the company’s post-consumer vct and transport it to its Houston facility where it will be recycled into new product.

“As we continue to expand our sustainable efforts, this partnership can grow to include more Tarkett products,” said Gilles de Beaumont, Tarkett Commercial Tile pres.

Thomas Holland, president of Texas Carpet Recycling and Corporate Floors noted, “We have seen a real need for vct within the healthcare and education markets and with that, the demand to recycle post-consumer flooring has increased.”

“The Texas Carpet Recycling business model will help us achieve our goals regarding recycling installed floors.The team there has a real interest in environmental stewardship, which is essential to our value proposition,” added Diane Martel, Tarkett North America vp environmental planning and strategy.

NAHB glad that extra testing rejected from EPA lead rule

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has commended the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for rejecting a proposal to add third-party clearance testing to the Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP).

“We’re pleased that the EPA listened to the concerns of remodelers about the extreme costs the proposed clearance testing would have imposed,” said Bob Peterson, NAHB Remodelers chair and a remodeler from Fort Collins, Colo. “Home owners are saved from spending a great deal of money on lead testing. If remodeling is more affordable, home owners will be able to hire an EPA-certified renovator to keep them safe from lead dust hazards during renovation.”

The proposal would have required contractors to hire EPA-accredited dust samplers to collect several samples after a renovation and send them to an EPA-accredited lab for lead testing.

PPG exclusive coatings provider for new Somerset Hardwood plant

Somerset Hardwood Floors, based in Somerset, Ky., has announced that PPG will be the exclusive coatings supplier for its new engineered flooring manufacturing facility in Crossville, Tenn. Somerset co-brands all of its prefinished solid and engineered hardwood flooring with the tagline “Sustainability by PPG Wood Coatings.”

According to Paul [Stringer], Somerset vp sales and marketing, this tagline emphasizes the companies’ shared commitment to sustainability. “Somerset and PPG have a common interest in doing the right thing and they have been a very important strategic partner for us during our product development, our growth and the continued success that we enjoy today,” he noted.

Mohawk unveils second annual sustainability report

Mohawk Industries has published its second annual sustainability report. The report, available exclusively online at, details the company’s commitment to sustainable solutions in all of its business segments.

“From our corporate board room to every individual on the plant floor, this report is really about people working together for a common goal,” added William Kilbride, Mohawk chief sustainability officer.

“This is the most comprehensive and complete sustainability report that we have released yet,” stated Jenny Cross, Mohawk global sustainability dir.


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