Annual Conference: CRUK makes sustainable connections
The importance of making sustainable connections and the need to rethink carpet product design for recycling were prominent themes of the seventh Carpet Recycling UK Annual Conference at the IET in Birmingham last month.
Keynote speaker Mark Shayler of environmental creative Agency Ape, called for Britain "to think, design and make" and embrace emerging global circular, sharing and peer-to-peer economies.
Carpet product design was explored in detail by Ken Webster of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, who emphasised intelligent use of product components and materials as critical to a circular economy approach. Vanessa Brady OBE of Interior Design Services Ltd highlighted the role of interior designers in guiding consumers' choices towards sustainable and long lasting products.
There was much in the day's programme to inspire further innovation in carpet recycling and reuse. Neville Hinchliffe explained how CRUK member Arighi Bianchi recycles all its uplifted carpet and fitting waste. Russell Owens from the Welsh Government spoke about recycling successes in Wales achieved through collaboration between councils.
CRUK member Greenstream Flooring provided commercial flooring reuse and recycling advice and Anthony Cline from US-based Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) pinpointed critical success factors in American carpet recycling.
Carpet Recycling UK Manager Jane Gardner announced CRUK's Vision to 2020: 60% diversion from landfill. "By keeping resources in the supply chain and designing carpets for recycling, we can look towards closed-loop recycling with full support from carpet suppliers," she said.
Carpet Recycling UK thanks Invista, manufacturers of ANTRON© Carpet Fibres for once again sponsoring the event. Conference presentations are available to download from CRUK website here.