Armstrong Flooring initiates product sample recycling programs

Students selecting from donated samples at the Armstrong Flooring/IIDA Mid-America kick-off event in Kansas City.

Lancaster, Penn.— Armstrong Flooring is supporting two initiatives to ensure product samples live on beyond the specification process, through recycling efforts that are designed to help inspire future designers and artists.

First, Armstrong Flooring initiated a pilot program with the IIDA Mid-America Chapter that will enable architecture and design firms to donate excess product samples to design students instead of disposing of them.

As part of the IIDA pilot, which recently kicked off in Kansas City, Mo., participating architectural and design firms, including HOK, Gould Evans and Hollis + Miller, will collect unwanted product samples and invite local design students to attend educational events. When a student attends an event such as a lunch and learn, they can take the samples back to their school for use in design projects. In addition, the events create a networking opportunity to connect students and design firms that may have future job openings. 

“We’re excited to participate in a program that not only recycles product samples, but also supports educational opportunities for students and future designers,” said Katie Parker, vice president for campus relations for IIDA Mid-America Chapter.

Armstrong Flooring is also demonstrating its commitment to recycling with a second initiative, becoming a sponsor of Save a Sample! for Art. The organization’s mission is to divert samples and other materials from landfills and deliver them to hundreds of artisan organizations, which will use the recycled samples to create unique art that also supports fund-raising.

“Both efforts align with our core value of community and support our resource conservation and circular economy commitments,” said Amy Costello, sustainability manager for Armstrong Flooring. “By saving samples from the landfill we are not only practicing resource conservation, we are providing materials to inspire people to design, create and value art.”

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