Category: CRI News Releases

Dalton, GA – April 9, 2021 – The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) and its member companies are working together with organizations across the greater Dalton community to support vital vaccination efforts. CRI is working with industry members, local health organizations, state and local governments, and numerous volunteers as well the Latin American Association to procure vaccines for both carpet industry workers and the greater Dalton community. “This public-private partnership shows the strength [...]

Federal Guidelines Recognize State of Scientific Research Concerning Carpet and Indoor Air Quality The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) released the “2020 Focused Updates to the Asthma Management Guidelines,” new federal guidelines regarding the best treatments for asthma and allergies on December 3, 2020. The updated guidance is neutral concerning carpet removal and does not include any recommendations regarding removing carpet as a way t [...]

Dalton, GA – November 11, 2020 – The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) held its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, with a report on industry activities, acceptance of new members to the Board of Directors, and recognition of industry volunteers. The event was held in an electronic format for the first time due to concerns related to COVID-19. CRI Board Chairman and Shaw Industries’ CEO Vance Bell announced Rick Hooper as the 2020 recipient of the Joseph J. Smrekar Memorial Award. The a [...]

Dalton, GA - September 16, 2020 - Peter Richman Spirer, one of the early leaders in the carpet industry, passed away on Friday, September 10, 2020, at his home in Cartersville, GA. Mr. Spirer represented the best of the entrepreneurial spirit of the carpet industry for decades. His work was and will be recognized as pushing the carpet industry forward and is responsible for many trends that exist to this day. “Peter, as one of the first chairmen of CRI, was a special leader and figure in our ind [...]

April 23, 2020 - Funded by CRI members, the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) Voluntary Product Stewardship (VPS) program was created in 2014 as a voluntary, nationwide program to help fund sorters and recyclers that divert post-consumer carpet from landfills. As dynamics rapidly evolve with the significant economic impacts brought about by COVID-19, CRI has made the difficult decision to terminate funding of the VPS program on June 30, 2020. A $2.5 million cap has been placed on the program [...]

Dalton, GA - September 4, 2019 - The newest edition of NSF/ANSI 140 Sustainability Assessment for Carpet, released August 2019, continues to promote the highest standard of environmentally-responsible carpet products. NSF/ANSI 140 was the first multi-attribute sustainability standard for carpet to allow architects, designers, building professionals, and consumers to identify sustainable carpet products. The original standard was created in 2005 by a multi-stakeholder group, including The Carpet [...]

Dalton, GA. - January 9, 2018 - UL Environment, a division of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) today announced that The Carpet and Rug Institute’s (CRI’s) Green Label Plus™ certified carpet, cushion and adhesive products will be added to SPOT™, UL’s web-based product sustainability information tool. The addition of Green Label Plus products will provide SPOT users with access to more than 600 additional flooring products that have low chemical emissions, enhancing their ability to identify healthi [...]

Dalton, GA - (November 27, 2017) – The Carpet and Rug Institute’s (CRI) Green Label Plus-certified (GLP) products will now be included on the Origin platform developed by Global Innovations Green Algorithms (GIGA). “Green Label Plus is the gold standard for indoor air quality testing,” CRI President Joe Yarbrough said. “This partnership furthers the GLP brand by giving greater access to architects, designers, specifiers, and professional builders.” CRI is committed to providing the greatest valu [...]

Dalton, GA - (November 20, 2017) – The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) presented the Joseph J. Smrekar Memorial Award to Troy Virgo, director of sustainability and product stewardship for Shaw Industries Inc., at the trade association's annual membership meeting on Wednesday, November 15, 2017, in Dalton, GA.  Mark Strohmaier of Milliken & Company made the presentation of this year’s award. “CRI is grateful for Troy’s deep industry expertise and his willing support of CRI. His participation o [...]

Dalton, GA - March 27, 2017 – The US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels now includes The Carpet and Rug Institute’s Green Label Plus (GLP) certification program. CRI’s NSF/ANSI 140: Sustainability Assessment for Carpet was included in the same EPA guidelines as a multi-attribute standard earlier this year. The EPA’s recommendations guide U.S. government procurement practices. The EPA conducts evaluations through their Independent [...]