Beyond Cradle to Cradle, our products
are certified through other programs that evaluate sustainability and performance.
Additionally, Shaw Contract Group carpet contributes toward points for LEED Certification.
The Cradle to Cradle Certification evaluates and improves products by thoroughly assessing and optimizing materials and production processes. Certification means a healthy, safe, effective and quality product that is recyclable again and again.
As a non-consensus standard, Cradle to Cradle was not created by the carpet industry or any other specialty group. Founded and administrated by MBDC, Cradle to Cradle is an independent, multi-attribute product certification based on the Cradle to Cradle design protocol, a scientifically based, peer-reviewed process used to assess and optimize products and processes to maximize health, safety, effectiveness, and high quality reutilization over many product life cycles.
Cradle to Cradle is open to a wide variety of products – not just carpet – which allows for stringent criteria during the evaluation process that does not focus on one industry in particular.
The categories used to evaluate products include:
Environmentally Safe and Healthy Materials
Efficient Use of Water and Maximum Water Quality
Use of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
Instituting Strategies for Social Responsibilities
Developed by a diverse, multi-stakeholder group including federal and state government
representatives, end users, manufacturers and other stakeholders, the Sustainable
Carpet Standard, or NSF 140, is the first multi-attribute American National Standards
Institute approved environmental standard for building materials in the US.
The Sustainable Carpet Standard:
Evaluates multiple product attributes over the entire life cycle of a product
Covers durability, recycled content, carpet recovery programs, and life cycle impact
reductions such as emissions, energy and waste, among others.
Provides the third party authentication
Clarifies some of the complicated environmental subjects and assist specifiers and
end users in making informed product decisions
The CRI Green Label and Green Label Plus certifications evaluate emissions of volatile
organic compounds (VOCs) found in carpet, cushions and adhesives. By passing Green Label Plus standards, our carpet protects indoor air
quality from VOCs, ensuring that our customers are purchasing the lowest emitting
products on the market while protecting employees, patients and children.
Shaw Contract Group products are certified by the following national eco-labels worldwide:
The Good Environmental Choice Label indicates the environmental performance of consumer products and is the only environmental labeling program in Australia and New Zealand. The Good Environmental Choice program uses a life cycle assessment methodology to identify the areas of environmental stress and define suitable criteria to evaluate environmental performance.