As the world population is increasing tremendously, which is projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050, there are rising concerns about the scarcity of resources. Moreover, we are making climate change worse day by day. Many studies show that even the carpets and rugs on the floor impacts the indoor air quality and the health and performance of the occupants. Responsible and eco-friendly choices made on a personal level are not enough to save the planet. So, it is the responsibility of carpet manufacturing industries to step up and make changes to their production methods because carpets and rugs are one of the main sources of carbon emissions and nonviable allergenic particles. SURFACES REPORTER (SR) talked with Asif Rahman, CEO, Insigne Carpets, which has recently introduced a premium range of eco-friendly carpets, regarding the need of “green label plus” carpets to address the growing need of sustainability in the overall spectrum of design and how the eco-friendly low emission carpets can improve the quality of the indoor environment. Take a look at SR’s full report:
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The COVID-19 pandemic offers countries an opportunity to build recovery plans that will reverse current trends and change our consumption and production patterns towards a more sustainable future. One step towards a sustainable future has been taken by Insigne Carpets that assures that their all products are eco-friendly.
Asif told SURFACES REPORTER (SR), “We as a company must do our part to keep the planet green. Insigne as a responsible carpet manufacturer has taken many steps to reduce our carbon footprint and joined the voluntary IAQ testing program for carpet, pad and adhesives developed by the CRI, Carpet and Rug Institute in the 1990's. Our Primary goal was to avoid VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emissions and supply GLP (Green Level Plus) certified products across the globe.”
What are Green Level Plus Products?
Green Level Plus products are Green products that are usually identified by having two basic goals – reducing waste and maximizing resource efficiency. These are re-tested five times each year for targeted chemicals and the company had to go through a thorough change in all their production facilities to adhere to compliances of GREEN. It is a sustainable product designed to minimize its environmental impacts during its whole life cycle and even after it's discarded.
Does the Carpet Flooring System Also Get LEED Credit?
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) developed by USGBC (US Green Building Council - Washington) in 1993. Current Version 3 was able to clearly specify the norms of Buildings and constructions i.e. 39% CO2; 40% Energy; 13% Water; 15% GDP. Architects, interior designers and building owners can now decide to go for an international Audit to get a Silver, Gold or Platinum certificate. Levels of certification are: Certified 40-49, Silver 50-59, Gold 60-79 and Platinum >80.
Hand Knotted Wool and Silk Carpet by Insigne Carpets
A building can get a LEED certificate but not the Product. Products only contribute points to achieve it. There are certain points for fulfilling the certain requirements:
- Diverting carpet from landfill will contribute toward 2 points ·
- Carpets with pre or post-consumer content will contribute toward 2 points.
- Carpets manufactured within 500 miles will contribute toward 2 points.
- Rapidly renewable materials (wool) will contribute toward 1 point.
- Low emitting adhesives and sealants will contribute toward 1 point.
- Gold and Platinum status are focused upon LCA and recycled content
When all the materials in the carpets and rugs meet the CRI Green Label Indoor Air Quality Test requirements, the products obtain the LEED certificate. This certificate means that they have very low emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
Hand Tufted carpet by Insigne Carpets
Asif says that their carpets reduce environmental impact, reduce liability, reduce carbon footprint, contribute to LEED points, demonstrate social responsibility, and position them as a responsible industry leader.
Asif Rahman, CEO, Insigne Carpets
About Insigne Carpets
Insigne Carpets is a renowned name globally with sales executives in over 11 countries and projects worldwide. The brand works with some of the biggest industry names such as Taj Group, Sahara Star, Hyatt, Hilton, Marriott etc. Moreover, the company has supplied carpets to projects like MGM Grand Casino, Wynn Casino, Salalah International Airport and Various Landmark Palaces across the World. The brand offers carpets designed & engineered specific to marine, airline, rail industries and has certifications such as I M O or F A R or CRI Green Level Plus. With operations in 14-different countries, Delhi-based carpet manufacturer Asif Rahman is a name to reckon with in the industry. His experience in the industry spanning three-decades has allowed him to create iconic pieces for royal palaces and exclusive casinos to vintage hotels and super-elite family’s world over.
Text Credit: Insigne Carpets
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