Innovative NY-based designer Sandy Chilewich’s titular line of modern woven vinyl flooring has just passed an important test in the world of carpet and rug industry with flying green colors: The Carpet and Rug Institute’s (CRI) Green Label Plus certification program.


The stringent certification, which applies to Chilewich’s commercial-grade Plynyl tile and wall-to-wall lines, safeguards consumers against the harmful emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in flooring and adhesives that compromise indoor air quality. Although VOCs are ubiquitous in synthetic flooring, CRI’s certification program highlights minimal-VOC alternatives that are more beneficial to the health of humans and the environment.


Although Plynyl is plastic-based, and, by definition, not the most eco-friendly form of flooring, it does contain some post-industrial content along with low-VOC adhesives. Chilewich, as a company, is continuing to makes strides towards greenness and is transparent with regard to its environmental standards.


I’ve never set foot on Plynyl before (at least knowingly) but I’ve been a big fan of Chilewich’s stunning trademark Spun Vynyl tablemats and doormats for a while now.   

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

An agreeable landing for green feet
Fans of Chilewich’s woven vinyl designs will be floored to learn the company has earned CRI’s Green Label Plus certification.