Sustainability means different things to different companies and people. Here at Armstrong World Industries, we have captured what sustainability means to us in the Armstrong GreenPrint, our plan for a sustainable future.
Sustainability isn’t always easy, but we work to make steady progress against each of the elements of the GreenPrint:
Health and Well-being
Creating products that support the drive to healthy buildings.
Developing the tools and certifications our customers need to be able to fully assess our products
Creating products and partnerships to support the goal of “net zero” buildings
End of Life Recycling
Closed loop programs to reuse our products at the end of their useful life.
Our effort to reduce and eliminate our own environmental footprint throughout the world.
The Armstrong GreenPrint reinforces our commitment to improve in three important areas:
Armstrong World Industries Mineral Wool Plant Moves to Zero Waste
The Armstrong Millwood facility is a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Millwood, West Virginia. This new, state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly plant, makes mineral fiber used in acoustic ceiling tiles.
After starting operations in 2013, the plant drove a major waste reduction initiative. Waste wool was being sent to the landfill at a significant monetary and environmental cost. The plant set a stretch goal of generating zero waste by 2015. The first step in 2014 was a 93% improvement, resulting in an elimination of over 11,500 tons of scrap material. By 2015, and continuing today, the Millwood plant has zero tons of waste wool sent to the landfill. This improvement was driven by efficiencies in controls, tracking, and improvement to various steps in the wool processing line. By placing focus on this goal, the Millwood team was able to achieve remarkable results in only two years.