Sustainable Carpet Certification

Based on NSF/ANSI 140 Certification Standard

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NSF/ANSI 140 is a voluntary, multi-attribute standard that evaluates the economic, environmental, and social impacts of commercial carpet and rug products across the entire product life cycle. Manufacturers can demonstrate their commitment to sustainability through this third-party certification while also contributing to LEED v4.1 credits as well as meeting EPA ecolabel and GSA procurement requirements.

SCS Global Services is a leading third-party certifier of environmental claims in the green building industry, including carpet and other flooring products. Manufacturers are able to work with the same audit team year over year, which provides continuity and a streamlined approach. SCS also provides marketing support upon certification to help manufacturers promote their product achievements.

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Eligible Products

NSF/ANSI 140 is applicable to any carpet product. The standard does not apply to the packaging of sustainable carpets or to the adhesive or padding products used in the installation of carpet products.

NSF/ANSI 140 Criteria

Qualification for certification under the NSF/ANSI 140 standard for carpet requires conformance with criteria under six categories:

  • Public Health and Environment
  • Energy Usage and Energy Efficiency
  • Use of Bio-based, Recycled, or Environmentally Preferable Materials
  • Manufacturing
  • Reclamation and End-of-life Management
  • Innovation

Points earned under each of these categories determine the level of certification earned:

  • Silver - Entry-level certification tier
  • Gold - Middle tier certification
  • Platinum - Highest level of performance recognized

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