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Simple Ideas With Far-Reaching Impacts


1 Taking it Back


Used carpets await recycling at the Evergreen facility in Augusta, Georgia, owned by Shaw Industries.


Companies that take back their products to recycle their parts or dispose of them sustainably are nothing new. Some computer manufacturers have been doing it for years; Dell will take back anything with its name on it, through mail-in and an extensive drop-off program, and Best Buy takes back its own products and many others at its retail stores. But carpet? Shaw Industries, the largest


carpet company in the world, has a comprehensive take- back and recycling program. Consumers can bring carpet to drop-off points and Shaw will recycle it, in some cases using the materials to make new carpet that’s Cradle to Cradle Silver certifi ed. In 2010, the company reclaimed and recycled just over 111 million pounds of post-consumer carpet, and Shaw expects that fi gure to continue to rise.


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