Did you know, floor covering contributes to 2% of the volume in all landfills nationally? Pierce’s concern lies with the contribution of floor covering waste to Montana landfills. As of 2008, Pierce Flooring has committed to recycling carpet and carpet cushion in all 7 locations. We estimate diverting up to 2,000,000 sq. ft. of carpet from local landfills annually. Or, over 1,000,000 lbs of carpet annually.
By EPA estimates, recycling 20,000 lbs of carpet (approximate weight for the contents of one 53’ semi trailer properly loaded) saves the equivalent of 3,000 gallons of fuel. By our estimates, it will take a maximum of 653 gallons of fuel to transport this material. The net effect is a savings of the equivalent impact of 2,347 gallons of fuel for each 20,000 lbs of carpet that is recycled. We will also reduce the impact to our local landfills.
The Pierce green effort also includes REUSE. Reuse is possibly the most efficient form of recycling.
There are the basic needs in life; food, water, clothing and shelter. Our homes, our shelters, are more than a mere physical structure. They are the place where we retreat for protection, comfort, and spend time with friends and family. The materials used for and in our homes reflect who we are but these materials can come at a large cost to our environment.
Today, manufacturers, architects, designers, and builders are stepping up to address their role in providing materials, designs, and practices that pave the way for environmentally responsible homes.You have a role too. Whether you are remolding or building new, choosing Green materials for your home will benefit your health, comfort, environment and finances.
In this section, we are going to cover what it really means to be green, tips on how you can be more green, hot new products that make it easy to be green and remain stylish at the same time.