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Shaw Contract: Creating sustainable products with the environment in mind

WE have a vision to ensure each decision we make at Shaw Contract is knowledge-led and puts people (specifiers and space users) first. We take responsibility for every step of the design and manufacturing process and a key factor in the performance of our carpet tile collections comes via raw material fibre that we manufacture in house.

Our new EcoSolution Q100 fibre, a Nylon 6 fibre, requires less energy to produce during the manufacturing extrusion process and it has 100% recycled content.

It’s designed to reduce the visibility of dirt and soil while retaining colour and appearance – meaning with a proper maintenance routine in place, the yarn will not change in colour owing to exposure of light or atmospheric elements. And to prove our confidence in it, this is backed by a lifetime commercial warranty which covers fibre abrasive wear, static protection, and staining.

The EcoSolution Q100 fibre boasts over 200 colour options from vibrant hues to subtle neutrals.

Needless to say, this cutting-edge fibre is the foundation of our carpet tile that is supplied across multiple sectors such as hospitality, commercial offices, and education. This is owing to its durability and ease of maintenance. It’s produced in a trilobal shape and has an average modification ratio of 2.8.

It’s also made from 100% recycled content nylon fibre. Products with EcoSolution Q100 are optimised for low embodied carbon which is reflected in the EC3 tool and are carbon neutral. Every sq m of Shaw Contract EcoWorx flooring with EcoSolution Q100 fibre reduces the carbon impact by 42%, versus traditional carpet tile. A timely attribute given the increasing and necessary focus on the race to net zero carbon.

At Shaw Contract, we create sustainable products with the environment in mind. Following the cradle-to-cradle certified products program, our products are made from ingredients that have been third party verified as safe for the health and wellbeing of people and the planet.

EcoSolution Q100 fibre is manufactured by Shaw. This means we have more control over our raw material quality and supply. This is essential during the challenging economic and working environment we’ve found ourselves in for several years now.

We’re ideally positioned to meet the needs of our customers through direct sales and an approved aligned dealer network across the UK and EMEA region.

One piece of the puzzle
As we manufacture our own raw material as a vertically integrated company, everyone at Shaw Contract takes responsibility for the impact our finished products have on the occupants of a space. From the raw materials we source for fibre pellets, to fibre extrusion, to designing and manufacturing carpet.

It’s crucial we understand the impact fibre has on the overall performance of carpet because our goal is to deliver high performance flooring without compromising design or the health of the people and planet.

In addition to our environmental responsibility, we offer the most comprehensive warranties in the industry, maintaining accountability for the entire flooring system – from the engineering of the backing and fibre to the finished carpet tile construction. This is something we take enormous pride in.
Andrew Jackson is business development director, EMEA, Shaw Contract

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