Global floor manufacturer Mohawk Industries located in Calhoun, Georgia recently released a 2016 sustainability report where it informs about the company’s efforts and desire to remain sustainable in its production. Mohawk’s chairman and CEO Jeff Lorberbaum says that in 2016 the company enjoyed a record year, but its financial results are only one measure of its success. As the world’s largest flooring company, Mohawk assesses its performance by the positive impact it makes through different aspects of its business. Sustainability practices of Mohawk reflect its commitment; the company says it keeps designing innovative new products and processes to shape a better tomorrow.

Reportedly, last year process improvements, product re-engineering and equipment upgrades positively affected Mohawk’s productivity by $140 million. This became possible by the range of innovations which care about our environment: from state-of-the-art equipment that’s less energy intensive to improved freight logistics that reduce carbon emissions to paperless sales and administrative processes that save time and eliminate waste.

Remarkably, the report notes Mohawk’s progress in corporate responsibility and sustainability. Mohawk:

  • recycles 7.1 billion pounds of material per year;
  • has reduced its use of water by 277 million gallons since 2015;
  • has reduced its greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity by 12.8 percent, its energy intensity by 1.9 percent and its water intensity by 35 percent since 2010;
  • recycles 5.4 billion plastic bottles annually; and
  • recycles 25 million pounds of tires into doormats.

Many of Mohawk’s achievements in sustainability come from the company’s continuous journey to decrease the environmental footprint of its products and operations. The report details an environmentally friendly approach to cooling water at Mohawk’s vinyl flooring plant in Belgium; how the Glasgow, Virginia, carpet tile plant is tackling the global pollinator crisis; and a mobile material recycler that can process up to 30 tons of scrap material per hour for ceramic tile plants in Tennessee, Alabama and Texas.

The report also highlights Mohawk’s product portfolio that uses sustainable technology. More than 450 of the company’s tile products—ceramic, porcelain and mosaic—contain pre- and postconsumer recycled content. Similarly, Mohawk’s products are made with predominantly recycled wood fiber and chips from sustainable sources.

Sustainable solutions in Mohawk’s portfolio include:

  • Airo, introduced in late 2016, Mohawk’s soft floor covering category with unified backing is manufactured almost entirely from recycled polyester.
  • SmartStrand carpets are made with renewably sourced polymers and are designed to require less energy to manufacture than other fibers.
  • EverStrand carpets use recycled PET soda and water bottles.
  • Moduleo, the company’s luxury vinyl tile (VLT) flooring, reclaims up to 20,000 tons of PVC (polyvinyl chloride) materials destined for landfills, transforming it into backing material.

“People spend about 90 percent of our time inside, so we as a company have a responsibility to ensure our products are contributing to healthy, productive, inspirational spaces,” says George Bandy, Mohawk vice president of sustainability. “Constantly working toward a better version of ourselves is a significant part of Mohawk’s DNA. This idea fuels our breakthroughs across our five pillars: design, innovation, sustainability, project solutions and operational excellence. From our new Light Lab Design Center in northwest Georgia, which earned the state of Georgia’s first Living Building Challenge Petal certification from the International Living Future Institute, to our manufacturing plants around the world, we understand and embrace that better is always possible.”

Mohawk’s 2016 sustainability report is available online at

Article source: Recycling Today, image source: Mohawk Industries