We aim to contribute to a more sustainable world by continually improving our management of environmental, social and economic challenges. We have the most advanced technology in the industry and are therefore able to meet the demands of the international standards Cradle to Cradle. And, as the only carpet manufacturer world-wide we hold Danish Standards’ DS 49001 based on ISO 26000.
Holding 18 Cradle to Cradle certifications, which cover a total of 110 individual products, Ege Carpets is now the no. 1 brand globally in terms of growth rate of an overall certified assortment. We are delighted to have gained the highest ever number of certifications achieved in under five years - no other company has ever gone from a 0 to 100% Cradle to Cradle Certified™ assortment that quickly.
Across all countries and industries, Ege Carpets holds the number four ranking in terms of companies with the most overall certifications.
Cradle to Cradle is the vision of a world in which the consumption of resources not only has the smallest possible environmental footprint, but instead leaves a positive footprint.
Being a sustainable front-runner is an obligation. Therefore, Ege Carpets’ 2030 company strategy links directly to 3 of the UN’s sustainable development goals.
Imagine a carpet made exclusively from recycled materials. After use, the carpet is broken down into smaller components, which are used to make new carpets. The energy for this production comes from offshore wind turbines, and the surplus heat from production is used to heat municipal buildings. This is the ultimate example of Cradle to Cradle philosophy applied to carpets.
The aim is to manufacture products that consist exclusively of materials part of a healthy life cycle, with no harm on people and the environment. A product designed to be part of a biological or technical life cycle with no waste generated. The aim is also to achieve CO2 neutrality and 100% use of renewable energy. In principle, our process wastewater should be clean enough to be used as drinking water.
DS 49001 is the Danish standard for CSR and is based on the international management standard ISO 26000. On the basis of social responsibility and sustainable business practices, the certification means that we meet a wide range of requirements involving good governance, human rights, working conditions, environmental conditions, business conduct, consumer affairs and local community development and involvement.
Recover by Ege Carpets is our take-back programme for the return and recycling of used carpets. The programme streamlines the use of materials so that we utilise them for as long as possible rather than transporting the carpets for incineration.
One part of the programme, Ege Carpets Vintage, includes a system for cleaning and resale of used carpet tiles. The process is that, together with our partners, we gather carpet tiles, and then clean, sort and resell the best ones.
When we recycle carpet tiles, their lifetime is extended and fewer resources are used to manufacture new ones. And carpet tiles that are not suitable for sale are sent on to other companies that can use them as fuel or make new products from them.
The recycling system for carpet tiles is the first step on the path to 100% utilisation of the materials in our products. In the fully implemented Recover by Ege Carpets programme, components will be recycled into our own products: for example as filler in the backing. We expect to achieve this goal by year 2020.
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