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Pre-consumer (also called “post-industrial”) recycling refers to the reuse of industrial by-products, as distinguished from material that has been in consumer use. The iron-ore slag used to make mineral wool insulation and the fly ash used to make concrete are examples of post-industrial recycled materials. While post-consumer recycled content is preferable, a product that uses pre-consumer content or recycles a seldom-used waste product, especially in an area where recycled products are hard to find, can be considered green.

Excluded from this category, by FTC definitions, is the use of scrap within the same manufacturing process from which it was generated—material that would typically have gone back into the manufacturing process anyway.

Pre-consumer (also called “post-industrial”) recycling refers to the reuse of industrial by-products, as distinguished from material that has been in consumer use. The iron-ore slag used to make mineral wool insulation and the fly ash used to make concrete are examples of post-industrial recycled materials. While post-consumer recycled content is preferable, a product that uses pre-consumer content or recycles a seldom-used waste product, especially in an area where recycled products are hard to find, can be considered green.

Excluded from this category, by FTC definitions, is the use of scrap within the same manufacturing process from which it was generated—material that would typically have gone back into the manufacturing process anyway.

  • Fermacell Gypsum Fiber Board
  • Fermacell Gypsum Fiber Board
  • Fermacell GmbH
  • Fermacell Gypsum Fiber Board
    Fermacell GmbH
    Fermacell gypsum fiberboard is in part made from synthetic gypsum and post-consumer recycled paper fibers amounting to 76% total recycled content. The boards are pressed without any binders being added and are rated European class A2 for fire resistance. The boards come in thicknesses of 10 mm, 12.5 mm, 15 mm, and 18 mm and in dimensions up to 6 m x 2.5 m.
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  • PhosphoReduc Filtration Media
  • PhosphoReduc Filtration Media
  • Convergent Water Technologies
  • PhosphoReduc Filtration Media
    Convergent Water Technologies
    PRM, or PhosphoReduc, is a filtration medium specialized for removing phosphorous from stormwater. It can be used alone in stormwater systems (or wastewater systems) or added to other filtration media to boost their performance. Made from porous waste slag, the material can also be used as a phosphorous-rich soil amendment at the end of its life cycle.
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  • Pergo Laminate Flooring
  • Pergo Laminate Flooring
  • Pergo
  • Pergo Laminate Flooring
    Pergo
    Pergo, part of Mohawk Industries, introduced laminate flooring to the world and continues to provide a full line of residential and light commercial products. This NAFLA-certified laminate flooring is available in a range of faux wood and stone patterns. It contains over 80% pre-consumer recycled content, meets CDPH Standard Method emissions standards, and is FloorScore certified. Pergo’s laminate flooring uses ScratchGuard Advanced surface protection that includes an aluminum oxide impregnated wear layer as well as its PermaMax wear layer to help provide an abrasion class rating of AC3. Individual plank replacement should be done by trained professionals. Pergo warranties vary depending on product and end use but Pergo XP (extreme performance) comes with a limited lifetime or seven-year warranty depending on residential or commercial use, respectively.
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  • ECOR Universal Construction Panels
  • ECOR Universal Construction Panels
  • Noble Environmental Technologies
  • ECOR Universal Construction Panels
    Noble Environmental Technologies
    ECOR Environmental Structural Panels (ESPs) are made from 100% recycled cellulose from sources such as cardboard, newspaper, and forest byproducts. The cellulose is heated, pressurized, and formed into panels that can be used in place of standard wood, particleboard, fiberboard, and other materials. These formaldehyde-free panels are made without the use of adhesives and can be used as is, or coated with paint, clear finishes for moisture resistance, or other high-performance coatings. They are available in 2' x 8' x 1/8" and 2' x 4' x 1/8" dimensions for its flat (FlatCOR) panels and 2' x 8' x 1-5/8" for its wavy (WavCOR) panels. Class A fire-rated panels, custom sizes, shapes, veneers, and other options are also available.
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  • Xero Flor Green Roofs
  • Xero Flor Green Roofs
  • Xero Flor America
  • Xero Flor Green Roofs
    Xero Flor America
    Xero Flor green roofs utilize pre-vegetated mats on a textile base so that the mats roll out like sod. The system's components consist of a geotextile carrier, a water retention fleece, drain mat, and root barrier, all made of 90% recycled fiber content. Vegetation is regionally sourced. The system weighs 8–10 psf and can be installed on slopes of up to 45 degrees. Xero Flor mats can be custom sized.
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  • DurahStyle Sorghum Panels
  • DurahStyle Sorghum Panels
  • ChloroFill
  • DurahStyle Sorghum Panels
    ChloroFill
    DurahStyle panels from Chlorofill are a treeless wood product made from 96% pre-consumer recycled sorghum and 4% MDI-based binder with no added formaldehyde. The panels can be used for architectural surfaces, wall sheathing, or furniture, among other applications according to the company. The 4' x 8' panels come in thicknesses of 0.25", 0.5”, 0.75”.
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  • Eco Fiber Touch
  • Eco Fiber Touch
  • Shaw Contract Group
  • Eco Fiber Touch
    Shaw Contract Group
    Eco Fiber Touch is a commercial carpet cushion that is made from 100% pre-consumer fibers from carpet, yarn, and other sources. Appropriate for hospitality, education, and other high-traffic applications, this high-density cushion is available in a variety of weights and thickness. Eco Fiber Touch is CRI Green Label Plus and Cradle-to-Cradle Silver certified. This cushion comes with a limited 10-year warranty.
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  • Uniboard Luxury Laminate Flooring
  • Uniboard Luxury Laminate Flooring
  • Uniboard
  • Uniboard Luxury Laminate Flooring
    Uniboard
    Uniboard offers Luxury Laminate Flooring that is appropriate for residential or light commercial use. It is available as faux wood planks in 10-, 12-, and 14-mm thicknesses with AC3, AC4, and AC4 abrasion class ratings and 25-, 35-, and 35-year warranties, respectively. The high-density fiberboard used in this laminate is made from FSC-certified, 100% pre-consumer recycled content and meets CARB II emissions requirements.
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  • Torlys and Quick Step Laminate Flooring
  • Torlys and Quick Step Laminate Flooring
  • TORLYS
  • Torlys and Quick Step Laminate Flooring
    TORLYS
    Torlys offers direct pressure laminate flooring under both the Torlys and Quick Step brands. Appropriate for residential and light commercial applications, this laminate flooring is available in planks that mimic the look of wood and tiles. Torlys laminate flooring contains 74% pre-consumer recycled content, meets CDPH Standard Method emissions standards, and is FloorScore certified. Products range in thickness from 8 to 9.5 mm and have abrasion class ratings of AC3 or AC4, depending on style, and most carry a 7- or 35-year warranty for commercial or residential applications, respectively. Individual Torlys laminate flooring planks can be replaced if damaged by using its Bulldog Easy Plank Replacer.
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  • Mohawk and Columbia Laminate Flooring
  • Mohawk and Columbia Laminate Flooring
  • Mohawk Industries
  • Mohawk and Columbia Laminate Flooring
    Mohawk Industries
    Mohawk offers direct pressure laminate flooring under both the Mohawk and Columbia brands. This laminate flooring is intended for residential and light commercial use and is available in a range of faux wood and stone patterns. This NAFLA-certified laminate flooring contains over 74% pre-consumer recycled content, meets CDPH Standard Method emissions standards, and is FloorScore certified. It uses an aluminum oxide impregnated wear layer to help provide an abrasion class rating of AC4 (commercial grade) and uses the Uniclic tongue-and-groove installation system, which provides a good edge seal and makes individual plank replacement possible. This flooring comes with a limited lifetime warranty for residential use and a 5-year warranty for commercial.
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  • Mannington Laminate Flooring
  • Mannington Laminate Flooring
  • Mannington Commercial
  • Mannington Laminate Flooring
    Mannington Commercial
    Mannington laminate flooring is intended for residential use and is available in a range of faux wood and stone patterns. This flooring contains over 74% pre-consumer recycled content, meets CDPH Standard Method emissions standards, and is FloorScore certified. Mannington’s NAFLA-certified laminate flooring has an abrasion class rating of AC3.
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  • Centurion Cultured Stone Products
  • Centurion Cultured Stone Products
  • Centurion Products, Inc.
  • Centurion Cultured Stone Products
    Centurion Products, Inc.
    Appropriate for residential and commercial buildings, Centurion cultured stone uses patterns taken from natural stone and is available in more than 25 patterns and 200 colors. These cementitious products contain 60% recycled content, primarily fly ash as well as mineral pigments, aggregate from the Tennessee region, and come with a 50-year warranty.
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  • Boral Cultured Stone Products
  • Boral Cultured Stone Products
  • Boral Material Technologies Inc.
  • Boral Cultured Stone Products
    Boral Material Technologies Inc.
    Boral Stone Products offers cultured stone veneers for residential and commercial buildings. These cementitious products are designed to mimic the look of limestone, sandstone, and other dimension stone and contain 54% pre-consumer recycled content (primarily fly ash). Though primarily an exterior product, this cultured stone has earned UL Greenguard Gold certification for low emissions. Boral cultured stone comes with a 50-year warranty.
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  • Kinetex Floor Tiles
  • Kinetex Floor Tiles
  • J&J Flooring Group
  • Kinetex Floor Tiles
    J&J Flooring Group
    J&J Flooring Group’s Kinetex is a soft surface floor covering intended for use in place of hard surfaces such as vinyl composite tiles in medium- to high-traffic commercial applications. These 24" x 24" semi-rigid tiles are 0.20" thick, compared to 0.25"–0.60" for standard carpet tiles, and are engineered with a wear layer made from solution dyed PET that resists staining or bleaching and is woven for abrasion resistance and durability. Kinetex is made from 60% recycled content (50% post-consumer PET sourced primarily from water and soda bottles) and, unlike carpet, can be ground and processed into new backing in one step without costly material separation and sorting or loss of performance. Kinetex is treated with perfluorinated compounds to resist dirt and improve its lifespan, but its long-term environmental impact is a concern to GreenSpec.
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  • Livello Table
  • Livello Table
  • Teknion
  • Livello Table
    Teknion
    The Livello height-adjustable workstation integrates power sources and adjusts for sit-to-stand collaboration. The height adjustments range from 28"–46" and come in oval, boat, or rectangular shapes 72"–120" in width, and the tables can be nested for for storage. A concealed cable tray and electric panel manage wires and controls. Materials include 53% pre-consumer recycled content and are certified as low-emitting according to UL Greenguard Gold standards. The workstation is BIFMA level 2 certified.
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