The Home Depot® honored Shaw Industries with its Environmental Partner of the Year Award at its annual supplier partnership meeting on October 2.
“The spaces where we live, work, play, learn and heal have a huge impact on our lives. That's why we're committed to using safe ingredients and designing sustainable products. Our commitment to Cradle to Cradle design principles for the past 20 years is evidence of that,” shared Susan Farris, vice president of sustainability and corporate communications at Shaw Industries.
Today, almost 90 percent of the products Shaw manufactures are Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM, a robust third-party certification based upon an assessment of material health, material reuse, renewable energy, water and social responsibility performance.
Over the past five years, Shaw has invested $1.5 billion (USD) in new and existing operations to continually upgrade equipment and facilities to meet high safety and sustainability standards and to expand its capacity to meet ever-changing market demands. The Clear Path Recycling facility in Fayetteville, N.C., a joint venture between Shaw and DAK Americas, each year recycles plastic bottles into 100 million pounds of clear flake that is turned into new carpet fiber.
Farris stated, “Our focus on sustainability, innovation and product stewardship is evident in all that we do and we're honored to be recognized by The Home Depot for our efforts to create a better future for our customers, associates and communities.”