Mohawk's Continuum a Finalist in Fast Company’s 2020 Awards
Calhoun, GA, October 13, 2020-Mohawk Industries has been recognized as a finalist in Fast Company magazine’s 2020 Innovation by Design Awards in the sustainability category.
The flooring manufacturer was honored for Continuum, its patented process that recycles plastic bottles and transforms them into sustainable carpet fibers. Mohawk joins other high-profile category finalists including Google, Nike, Perkins+Will, Procter & Gamble and the competition’s ultimate first-prize winner, Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta, the visionaries behind Powerhouse Brattørkaia-an office building that creates twice as much energy as it uses.
The Continuum process-a sustainable design innovation in the flooring industry that creates silky soft, durable carpet out of plastic bottle waste at Mohawk’s Summerville, Georgia plant- began in 2008. Since the implementation of Continuum, Mohawk Flooring is now the largest recycler of plastic bottles in North America. To date, Mohawk has recycled more than 40 billion plastic bottles, equivalent to two billion pounds of plastic, and in 2019 alone, recycled seven billion plastic bottles. In using this process, the company has offset nearly 20% of recycled PET bottles in the U.S by creating 936 million square feet of the sustainable carpet.