Signature Floorcoverings Pty. Ltd understands the need for innovation and leadership in the area of product stewardship. Furthermore, as a quality supplier of flooring products, Signature Floorcoverings Pty. Ltd appreciates that corporate, social and environmental responsibility goes beyond the point of sale and warranty periods. Signature Floorcoverings Pty. Ltd and its manufacturing partners are committed to responsible life cycle management and the core principles of product stewardship and extended producer responsibility.
We understand that stewardship solutions need to be realistic, manageable and importantly reflect realistic cost implications. The Australian market currently offers little in the ability to effectively recycle end of life materials, that is the separation and reuse of both backing and fibre used to produce carpets. Options, such as recolouring for resale of product strongly limits subsequent users in product construction and colouring, and the realistic demand for ‘second hand’ product is extremely low.
The prospect of transportation to overseas purpose built recycling facilities provides little benefit once the total environmental footprint is assessed. Our manufacturing facility is located near one of only two carpet recycling facilities in the world. We have the ability to separate and recycle returned materials. However like other manufacturers sending these material overseas for processing does not make sense for the purposes of sustainability.
Our solution, as clearly demonstrated in the GPT building at 530 Collins Street Melbourne project, is a reuse program, in conjunction with a recycle program. To date, this single project has seen in excess of 33,000m2 of our competitor’s products being taken back, cleaned, donated and reused in community projects. Our use of premium fibres, particularly Antron, sees Signature products now being able to offer significant warranties. In effect most commercial carpet tiles will not ‘wear out’ and this allows us to confidently offer a realistic ‘re-use’ program of stewardship. For further details on our achievement at the 530 Collins St project can be provided by contacting your Signature Floorconcepts representative.
Our products are designed for disassembly; materials that could not be salvaged through a simple clean and reuse program could still be salvaged for complete recycling. Also, our current Product Stewardship system has been 3rd party accredited by Eco Specifier which enabled us to be certificated as Green Tag Green Rate level A.
The Signature Floorcoverings Pty. Ltd Product Stewardship Policy and Lifecycle Management Plan is as detailed below:
In conjunction with our manufacturing partners and suppliers we will take back all carpet, carpet tile and rubber tile flooring products and re-use and recycle in the following ways:
- Refurbishment of Signature ‘Friendly’ Carpet tile, ‘Intelli Tile’ Carpet Tile and Signature Rubber tile products for possible reuse by existing customer or on selling/remarketing to new customers.
- On selling or donation of Signature ‘Friendly’ Carpet tile, ‘Intelli Tile’ Carpet Tile and Signature Rubber tile in existing condition, or refurbished if required, to other commercial businesses or organisations.
- Disassembly of Signature Rubber tile for component and/or materials reuse in new product manufacturing.