Does Godfrey Hirst have a Quality Assurance System?
Yes. Godfrey Hirst is accredited with the Quality Standard ISO-9001.

Does Godfrey Hirst have an Environmental Management System (EMS)?
Yes. Godfrey Hirst's Environmental Management System (EMS) addresses the four EMS sub-columns Waste Minimisation, Energy, Emissions & Material Minimisation, as detailed below.

Godfrey Hirst's EMS is a tool for systematically working with environmental questions within our organisation. Our EMS includes concrete objectives, plans of action and a clear division of responsibility for environmental questions, which are all adopted as management issues.

  • Godfrey Hirst is continually identifying environmental aspects and establishing goals.
  • Implementing training and operational controls.
  • Checking, including monitoring and corrective action (if any).
  • Reviewing, including progress reviews and acting on any changes to the EMS that may be required.
  • Godfrey Hirst's EMS has improved our performance in environmental matters resulting in increased efficiency.
  • Enhanced compliance.
  • Seeks to minimize environmental impacts and conserves resources.
  • Reduces risks.
  • Improves employer and employee awareness of environmental issues and responsibilities.

Godfrey Hirst has an active program for assessing performance and detecting non-conformance with legal and other requirements of their EMS, including an established EMS Audit Program.

Are any recycled materials used to produce Godfrey Hirst products?
Yes. Wool, nylon, polypropylene and water are all recyclable materials used in the manufacturing process. The use of recycled materials throughout the production process is encouraged as much as possible. These recycled materials do not affect the quality of the finished product. All recycled content of Godfrey Hirst carpets can be substantiated by third party confirmation.

What energy sources are used in manufacturing Godfrey Hirst carpets and have any conservation measures been implemented?
Godfrey Hirst does include energy consumption in their EMS and is monitored and reported monthly.

The major energy saving actions that were undertaken during 2004/2005 are listed as follows:

Quick color change (QCC) applicator on the continuous carpet dye line, which reduces waste by eliminating color changes on production runs.
Continuation of Citect SCADA implementation through the factory to improve process efficiency.
Focus on waste minimisation, recycling initiatives and environmental awareness.
Processing of more colored yarn which eliminates carpet dyeing and the subsequent drying processes.
Water reduction initiatives

Godfrey Hirst Greenhouse Challenge progress reports are open to public scrunity at www.greenhouse.gov.au/cgi-bin/challenge/dbsearch.pl

Has Godfrey Hirst implemented any in-plant water efficient or water re-use/recycling measures?
Godfrey Hirst Carpets has been recognized for saving more than 232kL of water per day by recycling water used in the carpet dyeing process. This represents a 32.5 per cent water reduction for its carpet dyeing operations, equating to 85ML of water over the course of the year, or around 85 Olympic sized swimming pools.

Godfrey Hirst won both the ‘Manufacturing” category and the award for “Excellence” at the 2005 savewater!® awards, recognising outstanding achievement in water conservation across Victorian business and community groups.

Does Godfrey Hirst carpet production perform above regulatory standards?
Yes. Our levels of gaseous emissions, liquid effluent and solid waste disposal are better than regulatory standards. Godfrey Hirst environmental policy and environmental management plans focus on achieving as close to zero waste as possible.

Godfrey Hirst has introduced many initiatives to reduce, re-use and recycle to help build their materials efficiency.
Godfrey Hirst was accredited as a Waste Wise business in 2006, supported by ECO-recycle.

Do Godfrey Hirst carpets meet the VOC emissions criteria required by CRI Green Label and Green Label Plus?
Godfrey Hirst has also independently tested for Green Label Plus compliance. The carpets that have been tested are:

  • 100% Solution Dyed Nylon (Dual Bond installation)
  • 100% Solution Dyed Nylon Carpet Tile (Direct Stick installation)
  • 100% Wool (Carpet only tested)
  • Wool Blend (Carpet only tested)
  • 100% Solution Dyed Nylon with composite backing (Modular tile only tested)
  • Wool Blend with composite backing (Modular tile only tested)

All products achieved emission levels for VOC far below the 0.05mg/m²/hr maximum levels that Green Label Plus requires.

Does Godfrey Hirst have a product stewardship program?
Yes.  Within Australia only, Godfrey Hirst offers a contractual arrangement to commercial customers to take back carpet at the end of its service life for re-use, recycling or reprocessing. This offer is made on a project-by-project basis. All Godfrey Hirst carpets can be repaired (within reason), reused (if not too contaminated) and contain recyclable components.

Godfrey Hirst Australia is currently negotiating with a number of companies within Australia regarding utilizing post consumer carpet. Although the recycling of carpet is not compulsory in Australia, Godfrey Hirst will assure all end users who participate in their recycling program that no retrieved carpet will go to landfill.

Customers will be charged for the reclamation and recycling costs which will not include profit for Godfrey Hirst. Godfrey Hirst Australia does not consider recycling overseas as a long-term solution as it is our ultimate goal to recycle carpets in Australia minimizing fuel and energy use and reducing the overall cost.

Does Godfrey Hirst use recyclable packaging for its products?
We keep all packaging to a minimum.  Carpet is rolled onto cardboard cores that can be re-used and recycled.