Mohawk embraces transparency and is leading the industry in product transparency, which is now fully embedded in LEED, Living Building Challenge and the WELL Building Standard.
Through third party verification, Mohawk holds current and relevant certifications and labels that illustrate our commitment to transparency and healthy interior environments. Within our transparency portfolio, we have Health Product Declarations (HPDs), Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), Declare labels, and a comprehensive selection of products that meet the stringent requirements of these standards. We also have third party certified recycled content certificates for all of our products. In addition, Mohawk participates in UL’s product lens certification.
An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is a comprehensive, internationally standard report that documents the ways in which a product, throughout its lifecycle, affects the environment. EPDs help customers better understand a product's sustainable qualities and environmental repercussions so they can make more informed product selections.
An EPD tells the complete story of a product in a single, written report, including information about a product's environmental impact, such as raw material extraction, energy use, air, soil and water emissions, water use and waste generation. EPDs distill complicated information to empower our customers, architects and designers, procurement agents and consumers to make informed decisions. EPDs can be developed after a product lifecycle assessment (LCA) is conducted, and are based on applicable product category rules (PCRs). Mohawk's EPDs are third-party verified. They include information on the following topics:
View our EPDs and EPD Transparency Briefs:
A Health Product Declaration™ (HPD) is a standard format for reporting product ingredients and associated health information. The HPD objectively provides the critical information needed to support accurate supply chain disclosure and informed decisions by building designers, specifiers, owners, and users.
The Health Product Declaration™ format was developed by the Health Product Declaration Collaborative™ which is composed of product manufacturers and building experts. Mohawk is actively involved in the Health Product Declaration Collaborative.
View our HPDs v2.0:
View our HPDs v1.0:
The Health Product Declaration™ and logo is owned by the Health Product Declaration Collaborative™ and is used with permission.
Mohawk Group is participating in the Living Building Challenge™ Declare program. By providing a clear, elegant and informative "nutrition-label" for building products, Declare aligns with our commitment to transparency in support of the Living Building Challenge's Red List and Appropriate Sourcing Imperatives—streamlining material documentation and project certification.
Architects, designers and specifiers want to make the right decisions when designing and constructing buildings by using ecologically sound products without resorting to extensive research. Declare fills this information gap and accelerates market transformation by answering three simple questions. Where does a product come from? What is it made of? And where does it go at the end of its life? By providing a clear ingredients list for building products, Declare helps consumers make conscious, informed decisions, and provides manufactures of ecologically sound products as a way to demonstrate market leadership and secure a competitive advantage.
Mohawk Group Declare Labels
Durkan Declare Labels
Mohawk Group proudly offers Silver, Gold and Platinum NSF 140 certification across the majority of our tile, broadloom and woven styles.
From raw material sourcing and processing—through manufacturing, packaging, installation and use—to end-of-use recycling and disposal, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) considers a product's full environmental impact, at all stages of its life. This comprehensive assessment offers the greatest possible opportunity to improve your environmental footprint—and is the core of NSF 140 Certification. To provide you with the easiest, most effective means for achieving your environmental objectives, The Mohawk Group now offers a complete selection of products that meet the single, most comprehensive, non-proprietary, 3rd-party certified standard—NSF 140.
Why is NSF 140 certification for carpet important? The design community, building owners, and corporations now have one standard to easily identify certified carpets that have reduced environmental impact. The carpet industry, along with a multi-stakeholder group including architects, designers and government representatives, set out to provide our customers with:
A non proprietary Standard (everyone can use it)
Multi attribute (includes LCA among many other criteria)
Third party certification system (independent verification)
Exclusively for carpet (metrics are not diluted by other products)
What is the NSF 140 Sustainable Carpet Assessment Standard?
This Standard is the most comprehensive and rigorous benchmark in the flooring industry. Unlike most standards which are single attribute, this Standard requires superior performance in multiple environmental-attribute areas. More information about this important Standard can be found at www.nsf.org.
What is ANSI?
The American National Standards Institute or ANSI is a non-profit organization that oversees the development of voluntary consensus standards for products and services. The organization also coordinates U.S. standards with international standards so that American products can be used worldwide. This ensures that the characteristics and performance of products are consistent, that people use the same definitions and terms, and that products are tested the same way.
What is hoped to be gained from NSF 140?
This Standard is the first multi-attribute, non-proprietary, third party standard based on Life Cycle Assessment principles solely for carpet. It is not a single attribute standard only looking at recycled content. It is designed as a system with varying levels of certification to define more sustainable carpet products. It allows for a streamlined approach for product evaluation and hopefully will reduce the number of standards being developed thus eliminating confusion.
Do I have to be a state agency to use the Standard?
No. The Standard is being adopted by various corporate customers, A&D firms AND state agencies for use in commercial carpet specifications. Additionally, if NSF 140 carpets are selected for a building and/or renovation project, it can help qualify for an innovation credit within the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) LEED® Rating System.
Is it being used as intended?
Yes. More and more customers are focusing on multi attribute, third party certified Standards than single product declarations. As customers become familiar with the Standard a broader acceptance level is expected to emerge.
Mohawk is one of over 300 companies that use the Pharos Project to make more than 50 million square feet of real estate healthier and more environmentally sound.
Initiated in 2008, the Pharos Project is a campaign for transparency in the building materials market—a tool for users to locate the best materials to meet their current needs and enduring values; a tool to help cut through the prolific greenwashing; a space where users can discuss what makes a product truly green; and, most importantly, a platform from which to show manufacturers what constitutes a market in support of the best environmental, health and social equity practices. Products are scored on 6 criteria based on the goals of eliminating toxics in the product and its manufacturing, as well as the use of recycled or biobased content and renewable energy.
Mohawk Group products currently listed in the Pharos Project include modular products built with our innovative EcoFlex NXT backing: Core Essence, Datum, Defined Passage, Fab, Sector, Spatial and Caliber. View our listings at the Pharos Project:
Learn more about Mohawk’s commitment to sustainability.