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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 - 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 [...]