Companies in the flooring sector continue to embrace new and innovative ways to become or remain green and sustainable.
Specifiers and designers looking to earn credits using the Green Building Council of South Africa’s (GBCSA’s) Green Star – Interiors Pilot rating tool can look to Belgotex Commercial for acquiring points on the Flooring Calculator.
Belgotex Commercial’s growing selection of eco-friendly carpets, backings and underlays meet the demand for greener materials produced by an environmentally responsible manufacturer. Their range of tufted and needlepunch carpets and tiles, also available in broadloom, is durable and hardwearing, with varying percentages of recycled content, a limited warranty of between 10 -15 years, suitable for the stipulated lifespan of a building, as well as meeting the strict requirements for volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions for Indoor Air Quality (IEQ13). “Specially trained reps will submit a proposal together with the necessary certificates including the percentage of recycled content, VOC test results, ISO14001 certificates and details of our Green Journey for our Environmental Management System,” explains Greg Barry, National Sales Manager at Belgotex Floorcoverings.
Assuming the area and value of the flooring satisfies the minimum requirement 1% of the total project to be considered for green credits, Belgotex Commercial satisfies four out of five criteria for the maximum rating.
Although most of Belgotex’s sales are for new carpets, second-hand carpet tiles or broadloom carpets rarely end up on landfills – they are usually reused in informal settlements, charity organisations or can be converted into rugs.
2. Certified product
Belgotex carpets and underlays have no harmful VOC emissions and meet the strict requirements for both the GBCSA’s Green Label and Green Building Council Australia’s (GBCA’s) Green Label.
3. Product stewardship or designed for disassembly
The company’s Reclamation programme collects used carpets which are cleaned and sent to charity organisations such as Wildlands for re-use and redistribution so they don’t end up on a landfill site.
Factory rejects and uplifted carpets from Belgotex are donated to the KwaZulu-Natal Deaf & Blind Society to be converted into rugs for use in the KZN Wildlands’ “Green-preneur” project. Impoverished local communities barter collected recyclable items such as plastic, cans or trees with Wildlands for one of these rugs.
Currently, no ranges are designed for disassembly.
4. Re-used, recycled, or certified content
Several flooring products with recycled content in either or both the top-cloth and backing are available from Belgotex Commercial.
To satisfy an increased demand for greener materials, Belgotex launched its ‘Eco Collection’. This includes the Berber Point 920 range and three ranges with recycled face-fibre called BerberPoint Fusion, Metro and Advantage.
Everest, the tufted carpet tile range made from recycled Econyl (derived from recycled fishing nets), can be recycled into itself over and over again without sacrificing performance, colour retention, stain resistance or durability.
Green Underlay is made from 100% recycled yarn, Sportec Color rubber flooring is made with an 85% recycled car tyre content and Grimebuster Ultra, which is a rubber-crumb backing, is made 100% from recycled car tyres.
Adding to this, Nexbac Eco modular tiles are also available on request with up to 70% recycled content in the Nexbac backing. Post-industrial waste fly-ash is used as a filler in the backings of NexBac Eco modular ranges.
5. Manufacturer ISO 14001 certification
As a member of the Green Building Council of South Africa, Belgotex is committed to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System and was certified as such in May 2009.
The company’s environmental system dictates stringent parameters for manufacturing in terms of energy consumption, water usage, air pollution and waste recycling.
Product development is increasingly geared toward solution-dyed fibres and yarns due to their more preferable dry production process that reduces water, chemical and energy consumption.
The latest initiative in the company’s ongoing ‘Green Journey’, includes the installation of 12 000m² of roof-mounted solar panels in a move towards sustainable energy sources.