CRI releases updated carpet sustainability assessment

Carpet and Rug Institute releases latest edition of NSF/ANSI 140 Sustainability Assessment for Carpet.

The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has released the latest edition of NSF/ANSI 140 Sustainability Assessment for Carpet, promoting environmentally-responsible carpet products.

NSF/ANSI 140 was the first multi-attribute sustainability standard for carpet to allow architects, designers, building professionals, and consumers to identify sustainable carpet products.

The original standard was created in 2005 by a multi-stakeholder group CRI and NSF International, an American National Standards Institute- (ANSI-) accredited standards developer.

NSF/ANSI 140, which focuses on life-cycle assessment principles in evaluating sustainability, was developed by a balanced committee of experts representing industry, regulators, consumers, and other stakeholders using ANSI’s rigorous process for the development of voluntary consensus standards.

The carpet industry’s efforts with NSF/ANSI 140 and other sustainability initiatives are examples of its long-standing commitment to sustainability.

Joe Yarbrough, president of CRI,  said sustainability continues to be a priority for the carpet cleaning industry.

“The update to NSF/ANSI 140 reflects changes in the industry and technology that maintains this standard as the best for certifying sustainable products.”

NSF/ANSI 140 is recognised as one of the leading standards for sustainability by the General Services Administration (GSA), EPA Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) program, and US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED v4.1 program.

Richard Turner, director of technical services for CRI, said the update places it back at the forefront as the highest standard for environmentally friendly products.

“The NSF/ANSI 140 Joint Committee is a group of dedicated professionals with a high level of expertise as evidenced by the quality of the updated standard.”

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