Originally published in Interiors & Sources

10/14/2008

Air & Waste Management Association Recognizes Tandus with Environmental Award

 

DALTON, GA - Tandus, a leading floor covering manufacturer located in Dalton, GA, was recently recognized by the Georgia Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) with its 2008 Company Environmental Award.

Waste management practices exhibited by Tandus were the basis for this recognition and reflect the on-going efforts the floor covering manufacturer continues to demonstrate in reducing its environmental footprint.

"Tandus works hard to be a leader in sustainability and our culture is about making a difference," says Lynn Preston, technical environmental manager, Tandus. "We are proud to be recognized by the Georgia A&WMA for our achievements in our waste reduction programs, and are committed to continuing on our path of environmental accountability."

Some of Tandus' waste reduction initiatives include:

  • Floore - the industry's first closed-loop recycling program that to date has kept more than 130 million pounds of carpet out of landfills and incinerators;
  • Retrieve™ - recovers physical product samples and sample folders from the marketplace and either recycles or reuses them; and
  • Green Samples by Tandus - an innovative reinvention of the traditional carpet-sampling book that minimizes the need for physical carpet samples, while still providing a complete sample experience.

In addition to the above programs, Tandus has reduced its solid waste consumption by 95 percent per square yard and its waste to landfill is less than 1 percent by weight of the company's total production. Through its Environmental Management System (EMS), Tandus plans to obtain ISO 14001 certification in early 2009 and has set an annual waste reduction goal average of 25 percent in total waste material sent to the landfill from all its facilities by April 31, 2009.

Each year, the Georgia A&WMA recognizes companies or entities that demonstrate a commitment to environmental sustainability, and have instituted practices or procedures that express a dedication to go beyond regulatory compliance to yield real environmental improvements. Go to www.gaawma.org to learn more.

About Tandus
Tandus creates floor covering solutions that enhance spaces for learning, working, healing, and living through inspired design, leading-edge technology, unprecedented achievement toward sustainability, and an absolute commitment to continued leadership.  Drawing upon each brand's individual strengths, Tandus offers its customers single-source innovative product design and technology, comprehensive services, and environmental leadership. For more than 40 years, Tandus has been examining all the ways to be a better corporate citizen and environmental steward—and then taking actions that lead to demonstrable, meaningful, quantifiable results. Based in Dalton, GA, Tandus can be found online at www.tandus.com.

 

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