Building Sustainable Communities

Our support of Habitat for Humanity ranges from volunteers with
helping hands to donations of
flooring products.

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Everyone Owns
Zero Waste

Employee engagement is key
to the success of our ambitious
zero waste program.

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Green products

We provide residential and commercial customers a wide range of products that utilize recycled and/or renewable materials.

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Growth Done Well

That’s our goal. Business expansion continues to be the hallmark of our strategy as we build upon our position
as the world’s largest flooring manufacturer. We’re committed to growing in ways that are environmentally sound, socially responsible and that make sense for
our stakeholders.


25 Years of Growth Done Well

See how we’ve transformed our business from a North American
carpet manufacturer to one of the largest flooring companies in the
world today.

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Reinvesting
in Mohawk

CEO Jeff Lorberbaum discusses how we’re building
a strong and sustainable business.

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Toward a More
Circular Economy

Our laminate business is studying ways to repurpose post-consumer wood and further close the wood material cycle

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Building Sustainable Communities

We are proud to have helped 150 families get a new start over the past five years through our commitment to Atlanta Habitat for Humanity. We began our partnership with Habitat in 2009, donating carpet and pad for several houses the first year. Today, we provide carpet, pad and resilient products for the many homes Atlanta Habitat builds or refurbishes annually.

Our investment in Habitat, however, goes beyond product donations. Employees from both Mohawk Commercial and Residential carpet divisions have been fixtures at work sites for years, eager to help with anything from building and raising the walls to landscaping.

“Our commitment to Habitat and actively helping our local communities permeates our entire organization,” said Michel Vermette, Senior Vice President of Mohawk Commercial and International. “In fact, Habitat projects serve as excellent team-building events for our business.”

Since Atlanta Habitat homes are designed to be affordable, easy to maintain and environmentally friendly, we donate EverStrand® as the carpet of choice. With up to 100 percent recycled content, EverStrand is inherently stain-free and easy to clean, giving new homeowners the benefits of value, beauty and sustainability.

Habitat support also extends to the national level, where the Dal-Tile Strategic Business Unit was a 2014 corporate sponsor for Habitat for Humanity builds across the U.S. Dal-Tile team members started by participating in day-long home builds within their communities in Orlando, Florida; Charlotte, North Carolina; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition, approximately 100 Habitat homes received donated tile for installation in the new homes’ kitchens or bathrooms.

Our partnerships with Habitat for Humanity build more than houses — they help build family success through sustainable homeownership, and they build our effectiveness in bettering the communities we call home.

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Everyone Owns Zero Waste

Almost every type of manufacturing produces a waste stream. While we cannot always prevent that waste, our Zero Manufacturing Waste to Landfill program aims to repurpose all process waste at all of our facilities. The basic business principle behind our Zero Waste proposition is simple: Any item sent to a landfill wastes materials that could be recycled, repurposed or up-cycled, often saving or earning dollars in the process. Success, however, requires employee understanding and engagement.

With that in mind, we initiated a training and employee engagement program designed to reduce waste and redirect waste streams. This initiative simultaneously supports our goals of increasing profit margins and creating sustainable practices. We piloted the program at one of our rug manufacturing plants in north Georgia. Rather than sending engineers to examine the facility’s waste stream and define possible solutions, we tapped into the good ideas of employees on the floor, gaining insights from their firsthand knowledge of the processes and equipment at the facility. Individuals who found the most viable solutions were invited to join the program leader at the next facility.

This variation on the train-the-trainer concept allowed employees to take a direct role in driving positive change. As a result of their engagement in the process, they took ownership of the program — an essential component of its success across the facilities. They act as trainers for new employees to ensure that compliance with the waste-elimination initiatives is consistent across the facility and that knowledge can be applied for greener living at home.

Since its inception in 2012, the Zero Waste program has been replicated across 25 facilities within the Company’s U.S. operations, with each successive implementation gaining greater success as best practices from similar facilities inform the process. When improved best practices are identified, these are also communicated back to facilities to replace old processes. In late 2014, we began to roll out the Zero Waste program to the remainder of our North America operations, with the intention of adding international operations in the future.

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Advancing Toward a Circular Green Economy

Post-consumer wood waste is one of the most important biomass waste streams in the Flanders region of Belgium. With very limited forestry in the area due to land constraints, both new and recycled wood is scarce. Households and businesses dispose of well over 600,000 tonnes, or 1.32 billion pounds, of wood waste per year. Repurposing post-consumer wood waste — as a raw material stream — is absolutely vital to the growth of the region.

While waste wood can be burned as biomass fuel, the Flemish Material Decree stipulates that wood streams must be used as raw material as often and as long as possible before ending up as biomass. The physical and chemical properties of wood, however, make it an inherently difficult material to transform. This presents a challenge for wood processors who must segregate wood that is a good candidate for recycling.

To study how to overcome this challenge, Unilin, along with several key partners, has undertaken a two-year project, OPT-I-SORT, with a goal to repurpose post-consumer wood — providing at least one more life as a raw material before the wood is used as biomass. The project aims at closing even more of the wood material cycle, decreasing the import dependency for wood and reinforcing the role of the sector in material technology. In cooperation with waste collectors, waste sorters and recyclers of post-consumer wood waste, differ- ent scenarios are being developed, explored, tested and evaluated. Through this unique total value chain approach, the best scenario will emerge to offer sustainable added value for all links of the chain.

OPT-I-SORT was one of only 14 projects chosen, out of 43 applications, to receive a government grant for environmental innovation projects to find a better way to close the material loop for wood in the region. Moreover, OPT-I-SORT was the only one of the projects to receive the full amount of funding requested, with Unilin funding the remainder. OPT-I-SORT is positioned to play an important role in the transition of the Flemish wood- working industry to an even more sustainable industry sector in the Flemish green closed-loop economy.

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