Sustainable Commercial Flooring: The Big Picture
Recently, I read an article from Lisa P. Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy and social initiatives, on the company’s sustainability portfolio. Apple has partnered with the Conservation Fund and purchased over 36,000 acres of forests in the Eastern U.S.—more than 32,000 of which is in Maine. It makes you think why is Apple, a technology company already doing great sales worldwide, buying and protecting forests?
There are a couple of reasons why Apple is aggressively pursuing this initiative:
- a lower paper footprint in packaging, and using recycled and responsibly sourced paper
- the threat to the forests and habitats is urgent, and one of the most ignored issues in need of being addressed immediately
- to conserve the working forests as a large consumer of paper themselves, not just in the U.S., but in China (300,000 acres) and other parts of the world to create a larger impact
- to expand the Forest Stewardship Council program for more and more forests, so there is an assurance that our paper and wood is coming from a responsibly managed forest
If a company like Apple, who is not in the forestry business by any means, takes up a responsibility like this, it is an inspiration to all of us. We get caught up in the day-to-day issues so much, that we sometimes forget the bigger purpose in life.
What are we doing to impact our environment and community on a much larger scale? What is our BIG story? At Mohawk, we continue to lead the flooring industry, but there are always going to be new and exciting opportunities where we can keep growing and improving.
Sustainable Commercial Flooring
What are we doing to impact our environment and community on a much larger scale? What is our BIG story? At Mohawk, we continue to lead the flooring industry in delivering sustainable commercial flooring, but there are always going to be new and exciting opportunities where we can keep growing and improving. We are focused key initiatives such as transparency, delivering more products that contribute to healthy spaces and searching for innovative manufacturing practices.
To learn more about our current sustainability initiatives, click here to read the 2015 Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Report.
Rami Vagal, Sustainability Coordinator at Mohawk Group, is a multi-disciplinary professional with a comprehensive understanding of sustainability, anchored with professional experience in architecture and construction management. Rami leads Mohawk’s internal sustainability council and coordinates with project teams of several initiatives implemented within the company, working closely with colleagues in sales, marketing and business development. She also represents the company on the Health Product Declaration Collaborative Technical Sub-Group. Before coming to Mohawk, Rami worked as an architect and sustainability consultant on projects in India and the USA. In her experience, she has been responsible for the management and coordination of several LEED certification projects and Living Building Challenge projects. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Sir J J College of Architecture (Mumbai) and a master’s degree in Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology.