Contact: Robert Peoples, Carpet America Recovery Effort (706) 428-2115
Charleston, SC, May 8, 2007 –Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), an initiative to reduce carpet waste to landfills, announces that Milliken & Company, an international textile and chemical manufacturer headquartered in Spartanburg, South Carolina, will donate carbon dioxide credits to neutralize the carbon impacts of the fifth annual CARE conference in Charleston, South Carolina this week.
“In addition to efforts to reduce post-consumer carpet waste, CARE considers the larger impact. The generous donation of carbon credits donated from Milliken makes it possible to green our conference for the second year in a row,” said Robert Peoples, executive director of Dalton, Georgia based CARE.
Companies that take action to reduce pollutant emission earn global warming credits that represent the amount of greenhouse gasses prevented from entering the atmosphere. These credits offset the environmental impact of events or other activities. Milliken does not sell credits, but has donated them to offset environmental impacts of select environmentally-focused events including the U.S. Green Building Council’s International Greenbuild Conference and Expo and the 2006 CARE conference.
Milliken forests sequester more carbon dioxide than our factories produce. We continue to reduce our energy use, while drawing on alternative and renewable sources to offer products that reflect our philosophy of respect to the Earth,” said Russell Grizzle, Global President of Milliken Floor Covering.
CARE (www.carpetrecovery.org), a voluntary initiative of the carpet industry and government, focuses on developing carpet reclamation and recycling methods to prevent carpet from burdening landfills.
With an eco-heritage of 100+ years, Milliken forests and small hydroelectric plants reduce and sequester millions of pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually. LaGrange, Georgia-based Milliken Floor Covering (www.sustainablecarpet.com), a division of Milliken & Company, has sent zero waste to landfill from carpet manufacturing since 1999 and offers a No Carpet to Landfill Pledge. Manufactured in the industry’s only certified Cleaner and Greener?/Health & Climate Care plants, all Milliken carpet products are free of PVC and chlorine, and 100% recyclable.
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