PacifiCrest & the Environment
One Earth, One Chance: PacifiCrest and the Environment
At PacifiCrest Mills we deeply respect the beauty and inspiration of nature; in fact the company was named after the Pacific Crest Trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains at its founding in 1978. In that same spirit we accept that it is our responsibility and obligation to reduce the impact of our processes on the environment and the demand for non-renewable resources.
Heat recycling technology also came to us in the multimillion dollar modernization of our finishing line, which became operational in January 1997. The new system dramatically reduces energy use and eliminates tons of air emissions per year.
Low Impact Manufacturing Practices
PacifiCrest Mills and its parent company, Royalty Carpet Mills, Inc., historically have been proactive in implementing environmental safeguards and in surpassing all environmental compliance regulations. In fact, we were named a “Clean Air Partner” with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (among the strictest environmental regulatory agencies in the USA) for achieving – five years ahead of schedule – the 2004 target levels for NO2 (nitrous oxide) emissions.
Reclaimed Water Re-Use
During the dyeing process, the dyestuffs are almost completely absorbed by the carpet and the post-dyeing water runs virtually clear. We further clean it in a de-fuzzing process to remove nylon fiber. It Is then returned to the Water District’s reclaimed water distribution system for further industrial use. Thus, the reclaimed water is used again and again for non-consumer purposes in a closed-loop environment.
Indoor Air Quality Protection
All PacifiCrest products exceed the “Green Label Plus” specifications for low emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) established by the Carpet and Rug Institute, by using the lowest VOC materials available in the backing process.
Re-Use, Recycling, Reclamation
Reclamation of Hard Waste from Manufacturing
Hard waste from manufacturing, primarily factory-trimmed pieces or finished carpet which includes nylon fiber, the polypropylene backings, and the latex binder, has recently found new life. In a newly developed process, the waste is heated and pulverized to a grainy consistency, then used as a binder in asphalt paving projects. Other technologies are turning this scrap into mix-plastic materials for under-hood automotive applications, or as a substitute for gypsum drywall.
Re-Use of Packaging Materials
The hard cardboard cones used to hold yarn for tufting are all sent back to our yarn processing plant to be re-used. Carpet cores are used over and over as carpet is rolled up and unrolled during various manufacturing processes. Cardboard boxes used in yarn transport are broken down and sent back to the yarn plant for repeat use.
Recycling and Responsibility in Our Plants and Offices