NSF 140: Environmentally-friendly Products
The carpet industry has long been dedicated to creating sustainable products for consumers, both in the residential and commercial market. As the focus on sustainability grows, the carpet industry continues to work to maintain the highest levels of sustainability in products and manufacturing.
The newest edition of NSF/ANSI 140 Sustainability Assessment for Carpet (NSF 140) continues to promote the highest standard of environmentally-responsible carpet products. NSF/ANSI 140 is an ANSI-accredited standard that focuses on life-cycle assessment principles in evaluating sustainability, and the standard has been developed and maintained in a consensus process.
The NSF/ANSI 140 Joint Committee, a body of suppliers, manufacturers, consumers, and other stakeholders with decades of expertise in the areas of sustainability and carpet, was responsible for updating the standard.
Originally created in 2005, NSF 140 was the first sustainability standard for carpet to allow architects, designers, building professionals, and consumers to identify sustainable carpet products for their projects.
The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) were the three primary groups to lead in the creation of the new standard and maintain it as the best standard for environmentally-friendly products.
The Success of NSF 140
Due to the success of the standard, NSF 140 is recognized as one of the best standards for sustainability in any industry. The General Services Administration (GSA), the agency that handles procurement for the US government, requires all products meet gold certification under NSF 140. Similarly, the EPA Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) program requires products be certified NSF 140 Gold and by the Green Label Plus program, another ANSI-certified program from CRI. NSF 140 certification also contributes points under US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED v4 program.
NSF 140 News
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 professional, and consumers to identify sustainable carpet products.
Sustainability and environmental efforts continue to grow in importance for many industries. Creating products that are green or sustainable is an ongoing challenge for businesses in these industries. The carpet industry is one such industry that is taking the lead with standards on sustainable platforms. This past summer, stakeholders from the carpet industry, associated industries, and other fields gathered to update NSF/ANSI 140 Sustainability Assessment for Carpet (NSF 140).