Mohawk Group bolsters their Beyond Carbon-Neutral portfolio with the release of new 2022 EPDs and launch of the innovative EcoFlex ONE flooring solution
CALHOUN, Ga. April 22, 2022 — Mohawk Group strengthens their commitment to sustainability with the release of 7 Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), highlighting their most sustainable products and processes to date. These EPDs cover Mohawk Group’s four commercial carpet tile platforms and 3 commercial LVT platforms. These latest EPDs generate the largest selection of soft and hard surface flooring options with a net-positive carbon impact.
“At Mohawk Group, sustainability is at the core of everything we do. We continually challenge ourselves to design and manufacture innovative products with reduced impact on our planet and our people. Getting these product specific EPDs published help our customers reach their sustainability imperatives for the built environment” says Jackie Dettmar, VP of Commercial Marketing and Product Development.
EPDs are comprehensive reports disclosing a product’s environmental impact throughout its entire life cycle. These reports are third-party certified by UL and based on international standards. The report includes several environmental impact categories, including Global Warming Potential (GWP). These metrics are broken down into each life stage of the product. The A1-A3 GWP equals the carbon emitted during raw material processing, supply chain transportation, and product manufacturing – this is called embodied carbon.
The newly released EcoFlex ONE is Mohawk Group’s lowest embodied carbon carpet product to date. Alongside this product launch, Mohawk Group continues to follow a three-step pathway to Net Positive. First, the company has historically measured their footprint and published initial EPDs in 2014. Secondly, their innovative efforts have significantly reduced their carbon footprint shown by EcoFlex ONE’s 50% reduction compared to traditional cushioned carpet tile. EcoFlex ONE is lighter than other cushioned tiles, contains at least 10% post-consumer content, and is manufactured in Mohawk’s Living Site in Glasgow, VA. As part of the International Living Future Institute’s (ILFI) Living Product Challenge, Mohawk Group offsets with credible projects to offer Net Positive Carbon and Net Positive Water. Furthermore, in January 2022, all floor covering products including carpet tile, broadloom, woven, LVT, and other resilient surfaces went Beyond Carbon Neutral, meaning an additional 5% carbon offset beyond neutral, for a net-positive impact on the environment.
EcoFlex ONE is just one of the many products that reveal the success of these initiatives. Mohawk Group released their first product specific EPDs for their domestic commercial LVT. These products are proudly made in the USA at their closed-loop facility in Dalton, GA and boast 100% mass allocated post-industrial recycled content. In addition to making reductions through increased recycled content and manufacturing efficiency, Mohawk Group’s LVT is part of their Beyond Carbon Neutral program. The result is a product that reduces more carbon than it generates throughout its supply chain and manufacturing.
These contribute to Mohawk Group’s mission to become net-zero before 2040. On September 27, 2021, Mohawk Group signed The Climate Pledge, a sustainability-driven effort originally cofounded by Amazon and Global Optimism in 2019. The company joined over 300 signatories that are also committed to accelerated climate action. By signing the pledge, Mohawk Group commitments to measure and report greenhouse gas emissions regularly, implement decarbonization strategies, and neutralize remaining emissions with permanent and socially beneficial offsets.
As the world’s leading producer and distributor of quality commercial flooring, Mohawk Group believes that better floor coverings emerge from better design, innovation, sustainability, project solutions, and operational excellence. Mohawk Group addresses the unique challenges and opportunities in contract interiors with a comprehensive carpet and hard surface portfolio of all types and price points. As the commercial division of Mohawk Industries, the company has a heritage of craftsmanship that spans more than 130 years. To learn more about our full line of flooring products, please visit www.MohawkGroup.com.
The Climate Pledge
Mohawk Group is proud to be one of the more than 200 companies and organizations from around the world that have signed the Climate Pledge