CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA - Thanks to Bentley Prince Street, one of the longest—and greenest—red carpets ever created in the United States recently stretched across 18 blocks of Manhattan as a lead-up to the 2008 Major League Baseball (MLB) All-Star Game. Covering 95,000 square feet along Sixth Avenue, the eco-friendly carpet was used for the All-Star Game Red Carpet Parade, presented by Chevy and graced by baseball legends such as Hank Aaron, Yogi Berra and Willie Mays as they paraded through New York City along with the American League and National League All-Stars.
"Bentley Prince Street is proud to partner with Major League Baseball and the Natural Resources Defense Council to support the greening of the All-Star Game and League," says Anthony Minite, president of Bentley Prince Street. "We're excited to have the opportunity to create a first-of-its-kind two-mile long ‘green' carpet, made with 100 percent recycled fiber and 100 percent renewable electrical energy. None of this carpet will ever wind up in a landfill. After the event, all 45,000 pounds of carpet will be recycled into new carpet through our ReEntry 2.0 reclamation program." Bentley Prince Street's carpet is part of a series of initiatives MLB has implemented in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) to make the 2008 MLB All-Star Game the greenest event in MLB's history.
Bentley Prince Street's ‘green' carpet was made from 100 percent recycled fiber content. Also, 100 percent of the electricity used to produce the carpet was made renewable through the company's on-site solar array and the purchase of Green-e certified renewable energy certificates. Bentley Prince Street produced the green carpet at its California manufacturing facility, which is the first in the country to receive a Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings (LEED®-EB). The carpet is also designated as an environmentally preferable product, certified as Sustainable Choice Gold by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS).
Through Bentley Prince Street's sustainable manufacturing processes, MLB avoided the use of 6,300 pounds of petroleum-based fiber and 162,000 gallons of water during production. In addition, the climate impact of the carpet has been offset, from the purchase of 480,000 pounds of verified emissions reduction credits.
About Bentley Prince Street
Defining style, color, quality and service for more than 25 years, Bentley Prince Street manufactures and markets award-winning broadloom and carpet tile products for commercial interiors across the globe. Bentley Prince Street is committed to sustainable commerce and innovations to integrate style and function with environmental practices through its Mission Zero™ goal of eliminating any negative impact it has on the environment by the year 2020. With the industry's most comprehensive vertical carpet manufacturing facility, the company maintains third-party certification to the ISO 9001 Quality Management System and the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. Based on Los Angeles County, CA, Bentley Prince Street is a subsidiary of Interface Inc., a global provider of floor coverings. For more information, visit www.bentleyprincestreet.com.