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Dalton, GA - November 13, 2019 – The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) presented the Joseph J. Smrekar Memorial Award to Russ Delozier at the organization’s annual membership meeting on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, in Dalton, GA.  CRI hosted industry and community leaders at the 2019 CRI Annual Membership Meeting to present the award along with new board members for 2020 for the carpet industry’s trade association. “From everyone at CRI, we are grateful for Russ’s dedication and the expertise [...]

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 - June 10, 2019 - The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) is extending its Voluntary Product Stewardship (VPS) program for post-consumer carpet through the year 2020. Created in 2014, the VPS program is a voluntary, nationwide program that helps fund sorters and recyclers that divert post-consumer carpet from landfills. VPS was designed to accept all applicable post-consumer carpet, regardless of polymer type, primary materials, or construction.“The VPS program is an important component of [...]

Standards include cleaning guidelines for commercial and residential environments. March 12, 2019 – Dalton, GA – The Carpet and Rug Institute, Inc. today announced the publication of the CRI 204 Commercial Carpet Standard for Maintenance and Cleaning and CRI 205 Residential Carpet Standard for Maintenance and Cleaning. The standards highlight necessary carpet cleaning protocol to ensure the appearance of carpet and maximum useful life of the product. “At CRI, we are the foremost source for the b [...]

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 [...]

Dalton, Ga. – February 15, 2017 - The Carpet and Rug Institute, Inc. (CRI) recently launched instructional videos and a Spanish translation component to support its 104/105 installation standards for commercial and residential carpet. These updates will enable CRI to more effectively reach carpet installers and ultimately enhance customer satisfaction. “CRI and its members are very proud of the wide use of the 104/105 carpet installation standards,” said CRI President Joe Yarbrough. “The new vid [...]

Dalton, GA - November 12, 2014 - The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) held its Annual Membership Meeting on Wed, November 12, 2014, in Dalton, GA. CRI Treasurer Jim Kirkpatrick reported a clean audit for the carpet manufacturing trade association and presented the 2015 budget. CRI Board Chairman David Jolly welcomed Jim McCallum, president of the Floor Covering Division at Milliken & Company, to the Board of Directors and recognized appointments to the Policy Committee.