Sample Recovery Extends Materials’ Lifecycles
Tandus, a manufacturer of commercial floorcoverings, has launched Retrieve, a new program to recover physical product samples and sample folders from the marketplace. Developed in collaboration with the Carolinas Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Retrieve guarantees specifiers that 100 percent of the samples and folders they return will be recycled or reused.
“Not only does Retrieve enable Tandus to manufacture fewer samples and folders in the long term, but we are able to engage our customers in our effort to make a positive impact on the environment,” says Lee Schilling, Senior Vice President, Tandus.
Retrieve is an extension to the company’s FLOORE carpet buy-back program, in place since the early 1990s. Since initiating this program, Tandus has reclaimed millions of pounds of vinyl-backed carpets from the marketplace. This material is closed-loop recycled into ER3, a 100 percent recycled content backing for the company’s C&A brand products. Since 1997 Tandus has recycled more than 110 million pounds of waste carpet and vinyl.