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From creating Cradle to Cradle products that can be recycled back into themselves again and again at the end of their useful lives or using alternative fuels like yellow grease, to monitoring our transportation miles to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, our Green Edge Initiatives show our commitment to Sustainability™ Through Innovation in action.

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001 Turn Off The Lights
002 Evergreen
008 Yellow Grease
010 SES
014 Waste to Energy
016 HyDrive
017 Shaw Environmental Guarantee
018 At Home Remote Workers
021 SQS
022 ISO 14001
024 Used Carpet Reclamation
025 Energy Smart LCD Monitors
026 SmartWay
029 Xamples
031 MBDC
032 Print on Demand Samples
035 CRI Green Label Certification
037 Carpet Diem II
038 Shaw Corporate PRIDE Day 2005
039 Shaw Learning Academy
040 Six Sigma
041 Recycling Waste
042 Annual Health Fair
043 Elutriation
048 Intel Processor Upgrades
053 Sample Recycling Program
066 Cell Phone Recycling
067 Low Maintenance Landscapes
070 Tile Packaging Redesign
080 Waste Water Heat Recovery
081 Recycle Roll Wrap Plastic
082 Pallet Recycling Program
083 Primary Backing Polypropylene Waste Recycling
094 Zeftron® Nylon 6ix Again®
095 Carpet: Recycling it Today for Tomorrow
098 Recycled White Water Waste
103 Air Compressor Waste Heat Recovery
104 High Efficiency Pneumatic Nozzles
122 Zody Task Chair
124 Mulching Mowers
126 Re2E
127 Eco Impacts
132 Clear Path Recycling

As the world's largest carpet manufacturer, Shaw is continually seeking opportunities to maximize the potential reuse of reclaimed materials. It is the key to our closing the loop – of turning our vertical integration into circular integration. Re2E, our second major investment in alternative energy, is the first energy plant in the world completely fueled by carpet materials. The facility has a patent pending for its unique process – a true example of Sustainability through Innovation.

Fueled by 84 million pounds of carpet per year from a combination of carpet manufacturing waste and post-consumer carpet from residential and commercial sites, Re2E is capable of producing 50,000 pounds of steam energy per hour. This steam is sent to carpet manufacturing plants adjacent to the Re2E site – offsetting the use of traditional and fossil fuel-based energy. Re2E will save enough fossil fuel to power the equivalent of approximately 7,500 homes annually – eventually co-generating enough electrical energy to help sustain its own operations.

At Re2E, the old carpet goes through multiple shredders to eliminate post-consumer urban debris that might have inadvertently been included and to separate fines that are used for other purposes. Then a series of rollers separate any remaining calcium carbonate from the fiber, which has the most energy value. Once heated, the remaining fuel transitions from a solid state to a gas. The heat rises and crosses over to a fire-tube section, which heats a series of water tubes, creating the steam that is then superheated to more than 400 degrees Fahrenheit before it goes through a turbine to create electricity.

Learn more about how the Re2E process works.

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