A carpet fiber's durability and performance is tested everyday. Eco Solution Q premium branded nylon passes with flying colors. But how does it look? With approximately 200 vibrant colors, the palette is endless—as is its lifespan—Eco Solution Q is completely recyclable back into more Eco Solution Q fiber.
As a part of Shaw Industries, Inc., the world’s largest carpet manufacturer, Philly Queen Commercial leverages its considerable infrastructure and capital resources to produce a fiber that meets the needs of today’s corporate office, healthcare, education and retail environments. Shaw is vertically integrated, allowing it to control nylon polymerization, fiber extrusion, production and cost of its products, without sacrificing performance and style. Through its acquisitions of the fiber divisions of AMOCO, Honeywell and BASF, Shaw can produce over 1.1 billion pounds of fiber for its residential and commercial business, making it the largest carpet fiber manufacturer in the world. Shaw embraces continual innovation in its manufacturing through significant investments to increase the quality and capacity of its carpet and fiber producing capabilities.
The leaders within Shaw’s fiber division are veterans of the fiber industry. This group’s fiber science experts include Ph.D.s in polymer and textile chemistry, chemical engineers and Six Sigma experts. Shaw utilizes over 40 fiber and fiber production patents related to producing its fiber and yarns. Vertical integration, capital investment and expert leadership give Eco Solution Q a competitive advantage.
Eco Solution Q nylon is optimized so that you get the most out of your carpet. Our fiber is the industry leader in denier per filament, meaning that the fiber filaments hold up better to wear from walking, wheelchairs and other stresses including performance tests. Eco Solution Q also leads in tensile strength, the force that the fiber can withstand before breaking, contributing to a stronger carpet with superior wear resistance.
Fiber type contributes to the performance characteristics of a carpet, but a carpet’s performance is not defined by fiber type alone. Performance is best measured by examining installed carpet, which accounts for how the product is manufactured. The advanced manufacturing methods in place at Philly Queen Commercial ensure that only high quality and durable products are shipped to our customers. Seven factors influence an installed carpet’s performance and appearance retention: fiber properties, yarn construction, carpet construction, color and pattern collectively, backing construction, installation quality and proper maintenance. As a Shaw company, Philly Queen Commercial manages the first five characteristics and provides standards for installation quality and proper maintenance.
Solution dyed Eco Solution Q is colored by adding pigment to the melted polymer prior to extrusion, making the color an inherent part of the fiber. Solution dyed fiber resists color fading and is impervious to spot cleaning with bleach based solutions and other harsh chemicals. With approximately 200 color options, from bright, saturated colors to a full spectrum of neutrals, Eco Solution Q offers an extensive color palette that is functional and beautiful. Carpet made with solution dyed fiber can be aggressively cleaned without fear of damaging its color. Eco Solution Q fiber can also be beck dyed or skein dyed.
As a nylon 6 fiber, Eco Solution Q can be broken down into caprolactam monomer, the building block for new nylon. Closed loop recycling of nylon 6 is more cost effective than other commercial fibers, making it the predominant cradle-to-cradle fiber presently available. As part of Shaw, Philly Queen Commercial collects post consumer carpet through a national recycling network and delivers it to the Evergreen Nylon Recycling Facility in Augusta, Ga., where the carpet is deconstructed and caprolactam is recovered. The capabilities of Evergreen are unique to Shaw and allow the company to recycle 100 million pounds of carpet each year, keeping post consumer carpet, or raw materials, from entering the landfill.
The recycling advantage of nylon 6, combined with performance and aesthetics without compromise, makes it the fiber of choice for the design community and end users. Eco Solution Q contains 45 percent* post industrial recycled content, contributes to the LEED Green Building Rating System and facilitates Shaw to take responsibility of its product over the entire life of the product. Because more and more fiber is being recovered and repolymerized, Shaw is actively preparing to increase the amount of recycled material used in Eco Solution Q with the addition of post consumer content. Eco Solution Q is a Cradle to Cradle Certified product, qualifying it for additional Innovation in Design points through LEED.
*Recycled content is based on allocated nylon fiber from Shaw's total nylon fiber production and determined as a percent of total Eco Solution Q output. Actual recycled content in this product will likely vary.
A great value, Solution Q nylon is a Type 6 nylon also used in commercial applications. While Solution Q does not contain recycled content fiber, it is 100% recyclable into new fiber—over and over, again.
Solution Q is a solid performer with a ten year warranty* covering colorfastness, static protection and abrasive wear. Solution Q fibers make for beautiful carpet designs which can be recycled at the end of their useful life.
(*See warranty for full details.)