Every year, the Earth yields billions of tons of natural resources to be used in making valuable products for people. Recycling those materials for use in another lifecycle of products is a key way to help protect those valuable natural resources for generations to come.
It also can significantly help minimize a product’s embodied carbon footprint by reducing the amount of virgin materials that need to be extracted for manufacturing (and thus the amount of carbon emissions created in that raw material extraction process). Recycling materials at the same level of value is a key principle of the Circular Economy and the Cradle to Cradle® design philosophy.
For more than 20 years, Patcraft’s Cradle to Cradle Certified™ EcoWorx® carpet tile has transformed spaces with unique and sought-after design; desired performance; and representation of our commitment to sustainability. Designed for people and the planet, EcoWorx® was the industry’s first PVC-free carpet tile. It also was the first flooring product and one of the first products of any type to be Cradle to Cradle Certified™.
Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Silver, EcoWorx® carpet tile was designed with the end in mind and has been assessed for material health, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, social fairness AND material reutilization, which includes a focus on incorporating recycled content and being able to be recycled at the end of its current use.
All our EcoWorx® collections come with an Environmental Guarantee - our commitment to take these products back at no cost to our customers. Through our re[TURN]™ Reclamation Program, a positive impact is made including:
- Landfill diversion
- The creation of post-consumer recycled content
- The reduction of product embodied carbon footprint
- A commitment to safe and circular products
Since 2006, we’re proud to have recycled almost a billion pounds of carpet company wide that has served its intended use including our EcoWorx® carpet tile. On the heels of Global Recycling Day (March 18), let’s continue to transform the market together. To learn more or to submit a request for your EcoWorx® carpet tile to be recycled, contact your sales rep or visit PatcraftRecycles.com.
Written by Director of Sustainability Kellie Ballew