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At FLOR we employ a holistic design system, where every step in the process is connected and all are done responsibly.
Our raw materials are carefully chosen for their non-toxicity, their positive life-cycle analysis (including recyclability) and high performance. We try to use recycled, renewable and natural polymers whenever possible. When your end-product gets walked on, rolled over and spilt on, though, it still has a tough job no matter what it's made of. But we've got a short list of fiber types that can satisfy our stringent raw material criteria:
Nylon: Nylon is a synthetic made from petroleum but is recyclable. Because of its resilience and stain resistance properties, it is the basis for most of our constructions. FLOR has varying degrees of recycled content and we use primarily solution-dyed fibers, which eliminates the need for liquid dyes. Solution-dyed fibers are highly resistant to color loss through fading from sunlight, ozone, or harsh cleaning agents and bleach. The solution dyeing process is also environmentally friendly and efficient because it uses minimal water and energy.
Polyester: Bet you never thought that mega-liter of soda you just finished would turn up as cool carpeting beneath your feet. It turns out that the polyester in soda bottles and other products is a good fiber for producing carpet tiles. And though it is a petroleum-based polymer in its virgin form, it also comes from recycled plastics and polyester materials. The polyester FLOR uses is solution-dyed, so it has great colorfastness and eliminates the need for liquid dyes. Whenever possible, we shy away from virgin polyester and instead tap into that vast waste stream of post-consumer recycled content for our raw materials. It is strong, has high stain resistance, is quick drying and is mildew resistant.
Wool: FLOR uses 100 percent natural, 100 percent renewable and 100 percent non-dyed wool sourced from England and New Zealand. This combination brings out the best qualities of both: resiliency from the British wool and softness from its New Zealand counterpart.
GlasBac Backing: GlasBac is a fully recyclable backing material made partially from vinyl and includes at least 39 percent pre-consumer recycled content. All GlasBac backing is completely recyclable. Through our Return & Recycle Program we encourage customers to return their old FLOR to us so we can recycle it into new products.
Bitumen Backing: The Bitumen backing on FLOR carpet tiles is petroleum-based and contains up to 40 percent pre-consumer recycled backing (old made into new). As is true for GlasBac backing, we want your old FLOR returned to us so we can recycle it into new generations of FLOR.
FLOR's modular system is self-contained components that interact with one another to produce a new, pragmatic whole. FLOR squares can be connected to build unique area rugs, runners or wall-to-wall carpeting - all created from one module that when combined with others create something totally new and different. We only had to look to nature for our inspiration, where magnificent and complex creations like mighty trees are born from a single cell. FLOR sees modularity as the simplest possible platform for flooring flexibility and scalability.
Nature doesn't waste - it uses materials and recycles them into new things. It feeds itself, the Earth. Why shouldn't we? So when we engineer FLOR, we incorporate raw materials that make the end of product life, or the deconstruct process, easier on the Earth, too. We use as few materials as possible and those that we do use are recyclable.
To guarantee our products won't go to landfill, we have invested in our own technologies that allow us to recycle our own products. Through FLOR's Return & Recycle Program, our Cool Blue™ and ReEntry 2.0™ systems turn old carpet tile fiber and backing into new raw materials for new backing and face fibers.