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International Living Future Institute partners with GreenCircle Certified to boost transparency

declare-picSeattle, Wash.—To boost product transparency, International Living Future Institute created Declare, a “nutrition-label” for products that provide a clear, elegant and informative method to disclose a product’s ingredients. Originally envisioned as a voluntary program to accelerate transparency as quickly as possible, Declare now provides product manufacturers the option for an additional level of confidence—third party validation from trusted 3rd party verifiers. The first product to achieve a third party verified Declare label (Declare 3PV) is Mannington Mills, verified by GreenCircle Certified, for its modular carpet product, rEvolve.

“Declare is designed to transform the building materials marketplace through transparency and open communication,” said James Connelly, director of the Living Product Challenge for the Institute. “The Declare product database now has over 800 products listed, simplifying the materials specification and certification process so that designers can quickly and easily identify products that meet the stringent requirements of the Living Building Challenge. We are changing the built environment one purchase and one label at a time, but taken together these efforts are leading to a transformation across the building industry to embrace transparency and toxic chemical avoidance.”

rEvolve from Mannington Commercial is a modular carpet backing system that combines with nylon 6,6 or nylon 6 yarn to create a vinyl alternative product. rEvolve is constructed out of non-vinyl thermoplastic polyolefin containing a minimum of 35% total recycled content by total product weight with a minimum of 10% post-consumer material. According to the company’s Declare label, the product is Red List Free, CDPH compliant and demonstrates 99% ingredient disclosure. All data reported on the label has been screened and verified by GreenCircle confirming the accuracy of Mannington’s claims.

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Mohawk Group's Light Lab receives ILFI certification

Mohawk Group Light Lab Design CenterDalton—Mohawk Group’s Light Lab, the company’s recently renovated design studio, has received Petal Certification from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI) Living Building Challenge 2.1.

The ILFI’s Living Building Challenge is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today. The Challenge is comprised of seven performance categories called Petals: place, water, energy, health & happiness, materials, equity and beauty. Petal Recognition is given to projects that satisfy the requirements in three categories of the Living Building Challenge, when at least one is water, energy or materials.

“We are incredibly excited to be the first in the state of Georgia, as well as the first building product manufacturer, to receive the prestigious Living Building Challenge Petal Certification from the ILFI,” said Rochelle Routman, vice president of sustainability, Mohawk Flooring. “For quite some time, Mohawk has used Declare, ILFI’s ‘nutrition label’ program for products, as a way to report and disclose information about the ingredients in the products that we make. Now we’ve set an even higher bar in sustainability as we have extended ILFI’s rigorous sustainability standards to our newly renovated design center by achieving certification through the Living Building Challenge.”

The 33,000-square-foot Light Lab is a mid-century modern building  here that features 365-degree views of landscape and natural vistas. Built in the early 1960s as the headquarters for World Carpet, the building has been used most recently as a showroom space for Mohawk Flooring North America residential products. The conceptual design of the interior renovation for Light Lab was provided by students from the Savannah College of Art and Design and the building is now home to all of the product design teams in the Mohawk organization. Light Lab has satisfied the Living Building Challenge requirements for the site, health, materials, equity and beauty Petals.

“Mohawk’s petal certification further demonstrates the company’s progressive attitude and unwavering commitment to both sustainability and ILFI’s transformational programs, including the Living Building Challenge, Declare and the Living Product Challenge,” said Amanda Sturgeon, chief executive officer of the ILFI.