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Swept under the carpet: new report reveals the greenwash of the carpet industry in Germany

February 2017

Published by Deutsche Umwelthilfe in cooperation with Changing Markets, this report outlines how the carpet sector in Germany is lagging behind on its environmental commitments. The report reveals how the overcapacity for the treatment of municipal and commercial waste in Germany is undermining its ability to move towards a true circular economy, including in the carpet sector. Low prices encourage burning of recyclable materials and products; as a result, almost all carpets in Germany are incinerated, leading to a waste of precious resources, carbon emissions and toxic chemicals. The findings also highlight contradictions between the environmental claims of two of the big carpet players, Desso and Interface, and the unsustainable reality.

 
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