We've partnered with the best environmental experts in the world to bring you the safest, most innovative product solutions for the planet. And MBDC's Cradle to Cradle certification is a most highly regarded stamp of approval in the green arena.

The only domestic carpet manufacturer whose products are certified Cradle to Cradle, Shaw Industries' Philly Queen Commercial carpets manufactured with EcoWorx and Eco Solution Q are 100% recyclable back into carpet.

Beyond Cradle to Cradle, our products are certified through stringent third-party industry and governmental agencies that evaluate sustainability and performance. Certifications include NSF 140-approved environmental standard building materials and Green Label and Green Label Plus from The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI).

Additionally, Philly Queen Commercial carpet contributes toward points for LEED Certification.

In recognition of the invention of EcoWorx, Philly Queen Commercial's parent company, Shaw Industries, received the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from the EPA. This honor is presented annually to recognize the discovery of innovative technologies which significantly reduce pollution at its sources and use chemistry to improve the environment.

Cradle to Cradle

The Cradle to Cradle Certification evaluates and improves products by thoroughly assessing and optimizing materials and production processes. Certification means a healthy, safe, effective and quality product that is recyclable again and again.

As a non-consensus standard, Cradle to Cradle was not created by the carpet industry or any other specialty group. Founded and administrated by MBDC, Cradle to Cradle is an independent, multi-attribute product certification based on the Cradle to Cradle design protocol, a scientifically based, peer-reviewed process used to assess and optimize products and processes to maximize health, safety, effectiveness, and high quality reutilization over many product life cycles.

Cradle to Cradle is open to a wide variety of products – not just carpet – which allows for stringent criteria during the evaluation process that does not focus on one industry in particular.

The categories used to evaluate products include:

  • Environmentally Safe and Healthy Materials
  • Efficient Use of Water and Maximum Water Quality
  • Use of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
  • Instituting Strategies for Social Responsibilities
  • Design for Material Reutilization

Certified products must meet certain objectives within these categories to be certified, with additional items necessary to move from level to level. There are four certification levels: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Basic.

The Philly Queen Commercial products with Cradle to Cradle Silver Certified Shaw Industries systems include:

  • Eco Solution Q type 6 nylon fiber
  • EcoWorx carpet tile backing
  • EcoWorx Broadloom and EcoWorx Performance Broadloom backing
  • To learn more about Cradle to Cradle Certification, visit MBDC.

NSF 140

Developed by a diverse, multi-stakeholder group including federal and state government representatives, end users, manufacturers and other stakeholders, the Sustainable Carpet Standard, or NSF 140, is the first multi-attribute American National Standards Institute approved environmental standard for building materials in the US.

The Sustainable Carpet Standard:

  • Evaluates multiple product attributes over the entire life cycle of a product
  • Covers durability, recycled content, carpet recovery programs,
        and life cycle impact
  • reductions such as emissions, energy and waste, among others.
  • Provides the third party authentication
  • Clarifies some of the complicated environmental subjects
  • Assist specifiers and end users in making informed product decisions

CRI Green Label

The CRI Green Label and Green Label Plus certifications evaluate emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in carpet, cushions and adhesives. By passing Green Label Plus standards, our carpet protects indoor air quality from VOCs, ensuring that our customers are purchasing the lowest emitting products on the market while protecting employees, patients and children.

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