Mannington Flooring Sustainability Beekeeping

Conservation

At Mannington, we believe that how we manufacture is equally important to what we manufacture.

Conservation has many faces at our company. It begins with the wise use of energy, water and the habitat surrounding our manufacturing facilities. And conservation continues with smarter use and reuse of materials, helping us toward becoming a Net User of Waste. 

Water use reduction
Water is a key component in manufacturing every product in our portfolio and is a precious natural resource. We have are working to reduce its use in our processes. For example, our Calhoun, GA, carpet manufacturing facilities reduced water consumption by 35% between 2007 & 2011.  Much of this progress due to improved dyeing methodologies. 

Other actions are as simple as converting mowed lawns at our facilities to natural landscaping. Creating wildlife habitats with wildflowers and native grasses reduces water use and eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers as well as the wasted energy and pollution created by mowing. The results are both smart and beautiful.

“The Purple Martin Project”: Cultivating bird migration for pest control
How are the habitat and housing of birds directly related to product manufacturing?

Our headquarters in southern New Jersey is located in one of the region’s largest tidal wetlands. As a result, there are insects, some of which are attracted to our product components and become easily trapped in the wet ‘wearlayer’ of the product, possibly resulting in product defects.

In the mid-1980’s, a few associates were convinced that there was a more natural option than pesticides. Thus, we installed houses for Purple Martins, birds that migrate from Brazil to the United States for the summer months – and that eat massive amounts of insects.

This “Purple Martin Project” has proven to be the most environmentally friendly and cost effective way to deal with the insects. Today, Purple Martins east of the Rockies are entirely dependent upon man-made houses – which on our property are found adjacent to the manufacturing buildings. With the help of our birds, and the continuing use of screens and bug-proof entries, our insect problem is now more manageable. 

2014 Purple Martin Chart

For more on purple martins click here.

Honeybees
In 2009, as part of an effort to show how an industrial enterprise can co-exist with the agricultural & farming community and  positively contribute to both, Mannington’s New Jersey corporate site began to house honeybees.

Mannington Flooring Honeybee Sustainability Preservation  One of our most valuable insects, honeybees are critical pollinators for plants & help farmers increase fruit, nut, & vegetable harvests. Honeybees are critical to 15 to 30% of all the U.S. food supply. The Honeybee population has been on the decline worldwide. Some estimates are that 50% of the world’s honeybee population has been lost over the last 50 years.

In its 4th season of being home to 5 honeybee colonies and with the management of an onsite experienced beekeeper, honey production is strong with 471 jars produced (22 gallons). Additionally another Mannington site has joined in the efforts. The Burke wall base facility in Florida started its own colony early 2012. This colony was immediately strong & healthy as the facility is very close to an apple & orange orchard. They had 4 active supers & also produced considerable local honey. 
 

Creating natural landscape buffers to stop erosion and runoff
A few years ago, the wetlands adjoining our New Jersey location lacked a transitional area between land and water, also called a ‘riparian buffer,’ In nature, these overgrown areas next to a stream or estuary stop erosion and sediment runoff, provide cover, and offer needed food and shade to fish and animals. 
 
Along with the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, and local schools we planted hundreds of native shrubs and trees alongside Mannington facilities. More recently, Mannington volunteers, together with the NJ Audubon Society, planted another 3,000 trees and native plants in a 12 acre riparian zone.  This was a 3-phase planting that was completed in May of 2010.  By planting this riparian buffer we established an area of shrub-scrub habitat with a life expectancy of over 30 years (eventually succeeding to forest). During the first 30+ years of establishment, the project will provide habitat for bird species of concern: blue-winged warbler, eastern kingbird, brown thrasher, prairie warbler, eastern towhee & field sparrow. To learn more visit the New Jersey Audubon and the Delaware Estuary.

A Commitment to be a Net User of Waste
We are committed to being a Net User of Waste, taking in more waste than we output for disposal. This is not a magic formula, it’s an absolute commitment to make great products, while using more waste than we dispose. To reach this goal, we claim waste from other manufacturers and landfill diversion initiatives.


   

We then increase the amount of recycled materials in our products – particularly post-consumer waste – by investing in new technology, developing product designs that can incorporate recycled content and building infrastructure to capture and recycle post-consumer waste.  

We also decrease the amount of waste that we produce, continually improving our product formulations and practices to produce flooring as cleanly and efficiently as possible.


Drywall to Flooring
When we learned about the massive amounts of drywall choking landfills, we redesigned our Premium Tile to incorporate pulverized gypsum which is claimed from regional construction sites. We are the only flooring manufacturer incorporating drywall into flooring.

Sample return is simple reuse
A simple action can add up to big impact. We offer a postage-paid return label for every commercial product sample that we ship. So when you are finished with your project, rather than throwing it into the dumpster, drop that sample in the mail. We will send it on to the next user; and at the end of its useful life, we donate samples to local charities, churches, schools and civic groups.

Dematerialization of packaging
We reuse twelve foot cardboard core tubes from our New Jersey facilities for our operation in Georgia where they are cut in half and used as shipping cores for carpet, then eventually recycled. And when shipping tiles and other product, we have reduced packaging to ship our carpet and hard surface products through using shrinkwrap – using 90% less materials by weight.