CRADLE TO CRADLE® DESIGN
Armstrong Ceiling Solutions has become the first ceiling tile manufacturer in Europe to achieve Cradle to Cradle® certification.
Cradle to Cradle® reframes design as a positive, regenerative force. Our certification helps customers purchase and specify products that are designed for recycling using manufacturing processes which minimise water consumption, adopt renewable energy strategies and acknowledge social responsibility.
Part of a new generation of sustainable and acoustic ceilings, these have been Cradle to Cradle Certified™.
Many of our suspension system products have also been Cradle to Cradle Certified™.
The Cradle to Cradle® programme has been developed to meet growing customer demand for sustainable products, with C2C certification already becoming a requirement for building projects in the United States and Europe. It:
- Helps specifiers and clients through the maze of environmental claims, providing a transparent mechanism to compare the sustainability performance of competing products.
- Helps customers choose good-quality and healthy materials without paying more.
- Provides transparency regarding material safety.
- Provides a safer environment for building users.
- Adds value to a project and is part of the Armstrong ceiling recycling programme.
- Helps protect and sustain our environment for future generations by keeping resources in the economy for longer.
CRADLE TO CRADLE® Programme
The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Product Standard provides a continuous improvement pathway toward the development of quality products.
- Products are assessed across five quality categories.
- Product certification is awarded at five levels.
- Cradle to Cradle® is a continuous improvement platform.
To find out more about Cradle to Cradle Certified™ visit the Cradle to Cradle® Products Innovation Institute website.
Every ingredient must be safe and not harmful to health or the environment.
At Armstrong we design ceiling products that are safe & healthy for humans and the environment from production to use to reuse.
We know the chemical ingredients of every material in our products, and we continue to innovate and optimise towards safer materials.
Designing products made with materials that come from and can safely return to nature or industry.
Armstrong mineral fibre ceiling tiles are designed for recycling.
Our unique ceiling recycling programme recovers old ceiling tiles from buildings and recycles (upcycles) them into new ceiling tiles in our own manufacturing facilities.
We use up to 5% rapidly renewable materials with recycled content between 30% and 64%, including post-consumer recycled content in the form of newsprint and old ceiling tiles recovered from the market.
Mineral fibre ceiling tiles are 100% recyclable and can be safely recycled at the end of their life.
Renewable Energy & Carbon Management
Envisioning a future in which all manufacturing is powered by 100% clean renewable energy.
Armstrong is committed to decreasing the environmental footprint of its operations through energy reduction.
We continue to increase the percentage of renewable energy used in our ceiling tile and suspension system plants and have a strategy and investment programme designed to reduce our use of fossil-fuel based energy.
Renewable energy accounts for between 22% and 100% of electricity consumption.
When developing products, energy use is factored into the equation through material utilization and water load.
Manage clean water as a precious resource and an essential human right.
Water is crucial to Armstrong's operations and we continue to manage our use of water in a responsible and sustainable manner, systematically reducing our consumption of this valuable natural resource.
We have adopted water management principles adapted from the Hannover Principles on Design for Sustainability and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development Water Principles, including:
- Physical treatment of water on-site prior to discharging to the local water works utility for further treatment
- A cyclical concept for water from surface waters, grey water, or any water used for processing systems is in place where feasible
- Water use is carefully accounted for throughout the entire manufacturing process
- Water consumption is considered when developing and improving products
- Water sources are protected from contamination and consideration is given to efficiency techniques at every step
Conduct business responsibly, respecting the health, safety and rights of people and the planet.
Armstrong World Industries certifies that it operates in full conformity with the following guidelines and principles.
- The Social Charter of The European Council
- The Global Sullivan Principles
- The Global Compact Principles
Armstrong is actively involved in a number of social projects that impact the local community around its plants.
As a responsible manufacturer we are certified under the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System designed to protect, reduce and ultimately enhance our management of scarce resources and the wider environment.