Dunlop Flooring Wins Banksia Sustainability Award
Author: Ryan Collins
Dunlop Flooring, a supporter of Planet Ark's National Recycling Week, has been acknowledged amongst Australia's most environmentally and sustainable organisations by winning a Banksia Sustainability Award for their 'Recycle by Dunlop' Program in the category of Waste Minimisation. This award recognizes leadership and innovation and their commitment to environmentally responsible manufacturing processes and carpet underlay recycling program. Dunlop not only reduces waste of polyurethane foam, they clean, sort and ultimately recycle into a new reusable carpet underlay. This sustainable building material is used in the places we live and work and provides "comfort that lasts".
Celebrating their 25th anniversary the Banksia Sustainability Awards have earned the reputation as the most prestigious environmental awards in Australia. The awards acknowledge excellence, dedication and leadership in various areas that contribute to the environment and a sustainable future.
As Australia's largest recycler of polyurethane foam, Dunlop Flooring processes in excess of 10,000 tonnes of foam per year, enough foam to fill the MCG, which normally would be sent to landfill. They are committed to playing their part in reducing landfill and their overall impact on the environment by providing the market with environmentally friendly solutions. Dunlop Flooring recycle carpet underlay, and use recycled content within their carpet underlay products. Dunlop underlays are made of 90% recycled materials and are 100% recyclable. What's more, they manage their own recycling program, encouraging retailers to return their used underlay to them.
In March 2011 Dunlop commissioned a study by the Evah Institute to measure how the recycling program helps stem the tide of global warming. It showed in 6 months they had saved approximately 1,600 tonnes of CO2 emissions from entering the atmosphere.
Using a vehicle calculator they found that the "Recycle by Dunlop" program over 5 years saved the same amount of CO2 emissions that 42,924 vehicles emit.
Andrew Spence, National Sales Manager for Dunlop Flooring, commented on the win by saying "this award is a significant acknowledgement as a sustainable leader in Australia. It further supports our association with the Green Building Council of Australia and their Green Star program. Our products meet their requirements achieving maximum rating points for building interiors".
The Banksia Award judges found the sheer volume of product directed away from landfill and re-used made this a truly impressive initiative in reducing carbon emissions.
Find more information on the Dunlop Recycling Program.