This is why we strive to put forth simple, straightforward and transparent information to help guide our stakeholders’ decision-making processes. We focus on highly recognized and credible third-party certifications and provide extremely detailed life cycle and health impact statements across our product lines.

Certifications, in particular, are a useful way to help customers sort through “green” claims. We only make product claims that can be independently verified by third-party auditors, so consumers can be confident they are receiving the value for which they are paying. We intentionally seek out meaningful, transparent assurance, often from organizations that consumers already recognize, such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL), the global independent safety science organization that has been around since 1894.

We also include our verified environmental claims on our marketing materials, deck boards and other merchandising and point-of-sale materials so customers can easily find products with the green attributes they seek. These independent third-party certifications mean that many of our products meet the criteria required for installation by well-respected green organizations such as the U.S. Green Building Council — which certifies LEED buildings — the Collaborative for High Performance Schools and the Green Guide for Health Care.

As a testament to our commitment to verifying our product claims and certifications, during 2015, Unilin joined a consortium that is calling for a European Commission Study on the harmonization and objective marketing of sustainability criteria of products for public procurement.

Marazzi®’s commitment to measuring the environmental impact of tile products and to the transparency of those metrics is apparent in the certification under the European ecological label (Type 1). The EU Ecolabel denotes products and services that have a reduced environmental impact throughout their entire life cycle — from the extraction of raw material through production, use and disposal. In particular, the aims of EU Ecolabel are to reduce impacts on habitats; energy consumption; discharge of toxic substances into the environment; dangerous substances used in materials and finished products; and risks to health in the living environment. Additionally, the EU Ecolabel promotes information that will enable the consumer to use the product in an efficient way that minimizes general environmental impact. Marazzi has completed certification for 41 product series to date.

Product Transparency

Our ongoing application of life cycle assessment (LCA) helps us to better understand and evaluate the complete impact of our products. We use LCAs to identify sustainability opportunities and inform consumers about the environmental attributes of products. Many of our businesses use LCA insights to implement Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), which are the most complete environmental footprint assessments currently available, and Health Product Declarations (HPDs), which provide information on product contents and health impacts, if any.

We have fully implemented EPD programs for our laminate and wood products sold in EU markets. Voluntary EPD disclosure extends to our newly acquired LVT and resilient flooring offerings that are manufactured in Belgium. Both of these offerings have received certification from BREEAM, an independent, third-party environmental assessment method for buildings and communities.

IVC took the initiative to voluntarily disclose cradle-to-grave impacts on all Moduleo Design Floors manufactured in Europe through BRE Certification. The Environmental Product Declarations provide standardized, reliable and independent information about the environmental performance of the Moduleo design floors over their entire life cycle through extraction, processing, manufacture, construction, use and maintenance, to their eventual disposal.

We also provide EPDs and HPDs for our commercial carpet portfolio. Dal-Tile became the first manufacturer in the ceramic tile industry to voluntarily disclose cradle-to-grave inputs on all products manufactured in North America through UL Environment EPDs for its three brands. Our Ceramic business also has created HPDs for its brands through a comprehensive evaluation of all tile bodies and glazes.

In the past, concerns about formaldehyde emissions in laminate and engineered wood products sourced in China surfaced in media reports. While formaldehyde is a naturally occurring substance in all wood, high levels considered harmful for humans can occur when resins and glues containing high levels of formaldehyde are used to manufacture laminate core board and plywood for engineered wood flooring.

An independent third-party certifier tests all of our laminate and engineered wood flooring in accordance with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations to meet CARB Phase 2 standards. Mohawk regularly checks to ensure all certification is updated and that all CARB requirements are met. In addition, all Mohawk laminate and engineered wood flooring has been tested by an independent laboratory and has been awarded FloorScore® certification based on the CDPH Standard Method V1.1. This means Mohawk products do not release harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into living environments.

Transparency, by its nature, should be simple. That’s the idea behind the Living Building Challenge Declare program. Declare helps architects, designers and specifiers make informed product decisions by answering three simple questions: Where does the product come from? What is it made of? Where does it go at the end of its life? The resulting “nutrition label” provides a clear ingredients list for products in order to enable ecologically sound decision-making. Participation in the Declare program by Mohawk Group, our U.S. commercial flooring division, is yet another demonstration of our commitment to full product transparency. This includes offering the industry’s largest Red List-free product portfolio as well as a Red List-free installation process.

Mohawk products that carry the following certifications have been independently verified as products that reduce impact on the environment:

Carpet & Rugs

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NSF 140 is the first U.S. national commercial carpet sustainability certification based on life cycle assessment principles. We offer a number of NSF 140-certified products.

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Underwriters Laboratories (UL) provides Environmental Claim Validation to verify the recycled content of products such as EverStrand® and Wear-Dated® Revive carpets.

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Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) Green Label and Green Label Plus certify that our complete line of carpeting, as well as products such as SmartCushion, will not adversely affect indoor air quality.

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U.S. EPA Design for the Environment certifies that our cleaning products are formulated from ingredients that are the safest possible for individual health and the environment.

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GREENGUARD® Certification from UL Environment certifies that products designed for use indoors, such as our Eco Cushion mats, meet strict chemical emissions limits, which contribute to the creation of a healthier indoor environment.

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ILFI Declare® is a product label developed by the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) that tells the user about the types of materials used in a particular building product, including the material’s origin, composition and end-of-life disposal.

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Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a life cycle assessment-based tool to communicate the environmental performance
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Health Product Declaration (HPD) provides information on product contents and health impacts.

Tile

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GREENGUARD® Certification and Gold Certification from UL Environment certify that products designed for use indoors, such as our porcelain tiles, meet strict chemical emissions limits, which contribute to the creation of a healthier indoor environment.

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Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a life cycle assessment-based tool to communicate the environmental performance of a product, such as our glazed and unglazed porcelain tiles.

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Health Product Declaration (HPD) provides information on product contents and health impacts. The HPDs for our ceramic and porcelain tile document that no adverse health impacts and no warnings or hazards are associated with any of our finished products.

Laminate & Wood

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FloorScore® certifies that laminate and hardwood flooring, such as our Mohawk®, Quick-Step® and Columbia® brands, meet strict indoor air quality standards.

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California Air Resources Board (CARB) Phase 2 certification ensures hardwood or laminate flooring, such as our Columbia hardwood, meets strict formaldehyde emissions standards.

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North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA®) certification ensures laminate flooring meets demanding
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Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a life cycle assessment-based tool to communicate the environmental performance of a product, such as our Quick-Step laminate.

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Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. (AHMI) has verified data from the U.S. Forest Service that Appalachian Hardwood Territory timber is harvested sustainably. We use AHMI timber in our Columbia hardwood flooring.

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Program for Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certification ensures that select products from our European sites are manufactured using timber from responsibly managed sources.

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BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) assesses new and existing buildings and community scale development for a wide range of environmental and sustainability issues. IVC’s luxury vinyl tile and resilient floor coverings are BREEAM-certified.