Green is more than just a colour for a commercial carpeting brand that manufactures its products locally.
Specialising in custom-made tiles as well as broadloom carpets, Avance Carpets has from the outset been conscious of implementing the fundamentals of environment-friendly production processes. This includes focusing on energy-saving measures in its plant, minimising waste and disposing of waste in accordance with environmental standards, while also ensuring that its supply chain shares and supports these values.
The growth and development of our communities, cities and business centres have had a significant impact on the environment. Many common building materials either contain substances harmful to human health or release such substances during their manufacture. Another element of green building, namely energy use, both in the manufacture of building materials and in the lifespan of the structure, typically requires better insulation, minimising the quantity of materials used and choosing materials that use less energy in the production process and have higher lifetime values.
For this reason, Avance Carpets is proud to play a role in reducing the impact of its carpets on the environment throughout the lifecycle of its products by increasing manufacturing efficiencies, using a significant percentage of recycled, reclaimed and sustainable raw materials, reducing their energy and water usage during manufacturing, and producing carpets that reduce the building’s impact on human health and the environment.
Avance Carpets is a member of the Green Building Council of South Africa, championing a collective cause to accelerate the development and adoption of best green building practices. Avance also has a certificate of compliance from the Green Building Council of Australia in terms of product emissions, which means that the level of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in its products complies with the lowest possible limits as defined by the council.
Avance Carpets’ BCF Polyester pile yarn, Avance 14, contains roughly 20% recycled post-consumer drink bottles and is used in some of its carpet offerings. As it is solution-dyed, this new yarn does not require stock dyeing, saving on water and energy. Avance 14 is compliant with GBCSA’s Green Star rating system and passes all the requirements for Use Class 4 Medium Commercial applications.
Their mill in Harrismith is also dedicated to eco-friendly manufacturing processes and ensuring sustainability for future generations. They have already put this process into motion when they installed a new energy-efficient steam boiler a few years ago, which lowers carbon emission rates and improves thermal efficiency.
However, they firmly believe that the most important factor in achieving true sustainability is to buy local. Local goods have a far lower impact on the environment than imported products that have to be shipped or airfreighted into the country. Buying local also provides employment and strengthens the economy.
Finding better ways of manufacturing with the least impact on the environment is an ongoing process of improvement and refinement within Avance Carpets.
For more information go to www.avancecarpets.co.za