EPP Certification of Antron Nylon in Step With
As one of the
central management agencies in the federal government, the GSA must meet
the guidelines in the Federal Acquisition Regulation Section 23.704, Resource
Conservation and Recovery Act Section 6002, and Presidential Executive
Order 13101. These guidelines require federally funded agencies to promote
cost-effective waste reduction, including the purchase of environmentally
preferable and recycled-content products. In addition, every federal agency
is required to incorporate waste prevention and recycling into its daily
DuPont Flooring Systems, a flooring service branch of DuPont Textiles
& Interiors, helps GSA meet these federal guidelines by providing
carpet of Environmentally Preferable Product-certified Antron® nylon,
proper installation and maintenance services, and the DuPont Carpet
Reclamation® program. These products and services support the GSAs
goal of carrying out social and environmental responsibilities that save
taxpayer dollars by using natural resources efficiently and preventing
pollution, as well as maintaining environmental health and safety for
associates, clients and neighboring communities.
Antron is the first and only carpet fiber to be certified as an Environmentally
Preferable Product by Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). The SCS
Environmentally Preferable Product Certification Program is built upon
ISO-14000 standards including the life cycle impact assessment (LCIA)
approach as defined in ISO 14042 and the August 1999 EPA Environmental
Preferable Purchasing Guidance document. All Antron BCF fibers, manufactured
in North America, meet Environmentally Preferable Product guidelines due
to several key factors:
* product performance significantly better than what is typical of commercial
* product manufacturing with a significantly smaller total
* use of significantly more green energy;
* documentation of significant efforts toward protecting the health, safety
and the environment; and
* end-of-life responsibility.
In addition, DuPont Flooring Systems installs carpet properly, ensuring
that the carpet will not have to be replaced due to improper installation.
The company also promotes carpet maintenance; championing the idea that
carpet that does not look dirty or old is not likely to be replaced as
often, reducing waste. Finally, DuPont Flooring Systems operates the DuPont
Carpet Reclamation program, which recycles all types of used carpet and
backing, and has kept more than 87 million pounds of carpet out of U.S.
landfills during its existence.