[Dalton, Ga] J+J Flooring Group released its 2013 Sustainability Report presenting goals and achievements of carpet manufacturer’s journey toward increased environmental accountability and transparency. The annual summary provides an update on sustainable advances in product development, resource reduction, certifications and progress toward the company’s 20/20 vision goals.
“In the half-century since our family-owned business was founded, what has not changed is how we conduct business,” said David Jolly, J+J Flooring Group president and CEO. “We continue to value responsibility, which means transparency regarding the sustainability of both our products and operations.”
Conservation is at the core of J+J’s sustainability initiatives, and the company has developed aggressive goals for 2020 or sooner on energy, emissions, water, and waste. A full copy of the 2013 Sustainability Report is available at http://www.jj-invision.com/sustainability/sustainability-report.
Some highlights of the report are as follows:
• A lighting plan for more than 900,000 square feet of manufacturing space includes upgrading more than 1,200 fixtures, eliminating and recycling less useful fixtures, and improving overall lighting with added sensors and natural light. The redesign projects annual savings of more than $100,000 and is a big step toward the 2020 goal of reducing energy intensity by 20 percent.
• In its second year, the Aquafinity wastewater reclamation system achieved more than a 50 percent reduction in water used in the dyeing process via reclamation, cleaning and reuse. Ultimately it will recover 90 percent of dye house wastewater annually. The process also creates warmer water, supporting energy conservation goals.
• Waste reduction moved forward with 99.7 percent of raw materials made into finished products or recycled. Less than 0.3 percent was sent to a landfill with a goal of being landfill-free by 2015. The company continues to implement aggressive programs such as an in-house yarn extrusion process that reduces use of virgin nylon. In 2013, J+J averaged 22 percent pre-consumer recycled content in products using Encore SD Ultima yarn.
• Introduced in 2013, Kinetex is a breakthrough textile composite flooring and alternative to hard surface flooring. Manufactured using no less than 50 percent post-consumer recycled content, it is the only flooring product that can be recycled back into itself. It was selected as a 2014 Top 10 Green Building Product by Environmental Building News and GreenSpec.
• Transparency is the key to sustainability. J+J completed Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) on all major product families. Health Product Declarations (HPDs) on all major product families will be released by the end of 2014.