• People, Planet, Profit, Sustainable Design as a Competitive Advantage

      Architects and designers by nature look to the future, visualizing and planning spaces to meet the demands of tomorrow’s built environment. These leaders have taken sustainable design to the mainstream, where it has become not just a basic business tenet but a competitive advantage in a marketplace that continues to evolve around that innovation. “Firms that practice sustainable design strive to mitigate the negative impacts with the long term of

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    • Aquafil’s Econyl: The Companies Using It & The Products They Produce

      Environmental awareness is obviously a key issue in the flooring industry today, and carpet manufacturers are constantly striving to find innovative and cost-effective ways to stay in the green. Many are beginning to utilize Aquafil’s Econyl fiber, which uses nylon waste materials to create new products. The objective, according from Aquafil: to reduce the amount of global waste by collecting it from landfills and oceans, and feeding it back into

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    • Signature Leaves Its Mark On Environmental Responsibility

      John McIntosh hates the word “sustainability.” In fact, the vice president of sales and marketing at Signature Accord will hardly even utter it, referring to it instead as “the ‘S’ word.” He has had this view ever since he first sat down with Jim Evanoff, the senior environmental officer at Yellowstone National Park. It was a meeting that forged a groundbreaking environmental partnership and changed the way McIntosh and his

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    • 5-in-5: Mannington’s Natalie Jones

      In every issue of GO magazine, an industry executive is asked five questions related to sustainability and/or the environment. The interviewee is given no prior knowledge of the questions, which are answered within a 5-minute time frame. Natalie Jones Vice president, commercial brand development and creative product, Mannington 1. WHAT ASPECT OF SUSTAINABILITY ARE END USERS MOST CONCERNED ABOUT TODAY? Transparency. Today’s designers and end users want to know the ingredients

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    • Fashionable Flooring, the menswear trend finds success in all segments

      Durable, stylish, classic. These words can be used to describe an exceptional floor, but they also describe an excellent suit. The marriage of menswear and flooring design makes perfect sense, which might explain why flooring patterns that draw their inspiration from menswear are so popular. Green Operations spoke to a number of companies that are designing and selling patterns that fit in this category and found that menswear-inspired designs are

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    • Sustainability Through Net Zero Strategies

      Conserving water, reducing energy usage and eliminating waste can improve the environment, help communities become more sustainable and save money. Net Zero strategies are one way to accomplish these ends, and flooring companies are taking the lead. Simply put, Net Zero means consuming only as much energy as produced, achieving a sustainable balance between water availability and demand, and eliminating solid waste sent to landfills. So what companies are seeking

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    • Greenbuild Preview

      The Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, which is slated for Oct. 22-24 at the Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, will not only host an array of educational speakers from the sustainable building industry, but it will also offer networking opportunities, LEED workshops and tours of some of the green buildings the Big Easy has to offer. Many flooring companies will be showcasing product, renewing their commitment to the green

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    • Wiping away flooring’s carbon footprint

      With the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo in our midst, I find my thoughts turning more and more to the process with which we build, the products we use and the environmental footprint we leave behind. Greenbuild, which is the premier event for sustainable building, is where professionals, manufacturers and end users can find a host of educational panels, LEED workshops and master classes to address our industry’s environmental impact.

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