Sustainability Team

Sustainability at Work

Meet the people making Mohawk’s products and processes friendlier to Mother Earth.

Across the world, Mohawk employees believe in building a better, more efficient, more sustainable company. They are achieving this shared vision in many different ways. Get to know a few of Mohawk’s green leaders and learn how they approach sustainability.

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Jason Parachnowitsch
Strategic Account Manager
Vancouver, Canada

Scott Bargerstock
Energy Resource Manager
Calhoun, Georgia, USA

Tino Mulle
Chief Sustainability Officer, Unilin
Wielsbeke, Belgium

Marco Ascari
Technical Director, Marazzi Group
Montale Rangone, Italy

Tina Clements
Material Recovery
Operations Manager
Calhoun, Georgia, USA

Sebastian Leong
Mohawk Group Senior Regional Manager
SouthEast Asia

Chris Wynn
Director Global &
Strategic Accounts APAC
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

I often tell people that the most environmentally friendly thing we can do when it comes to building construction is to build nothing. Of course, that’s not likely to happen, so what’s the next best thing? That would be materials that last a long time, don’t adversely affect our well-being while they are in use, and are easily recycled at the end of their life. It’s a great starting point for a conversation about how Mohawk products can help accomplish green building goals.

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As an engineer with a diverse manufacturing background, understanding how flooring products are manufactured was a challenge at first — but being surrounded by the best people made the journey smoother. Now, I have the privilege of supporting Mohawk’s global goal to reduce our energy footprint. Our team is constantly identifying and quantifying opportunities, then making improvements in how Mohawk’s facilities use energy to make products for our customers.

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Unilin’s laminate flooring depends on a natural product — wood — as our primary raw material. We couldn’t stay in business without it, so it’s only logical that we take care of our natural resources. Whenever possible, we make our flooring out of lumber byproducts and scraps that would otherwise go unused. Companies that think sustainability is a choice are the ones nobody will be talking about in the future.

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Sustainability means more than just the environment. It also includes the enduring impact we have on our communities. For example, our oldest building, the Crogiolo, or “crucible,” has for years hosted artists and architects interested in experimenting with ceramics. Today, we make it available for free as a meeting and performance space. We’re proud to help support our neighbors’ creative pursuits.

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As the leader of our company’s Material Recovery Operations and zero-landfill efforts, I know just how valuable recyclables can be — and how expensive it is to send waste to landfills. I help optimize the value of our own recyclables and also have insight into how recycled goods are used for our own products. For example, did you know that it takes 40 plastic bottles to make one square yard of EverStrand carpet? We’re proud to give new life to materials that would otherwise go to waste.

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I believe that protecting the earth is everyone’s responsibility, and am proud to work for a company that takes this responsibility seriously. After all, the longer we preserve the earth, the longer we can serve our customers and grow as a business. Beyond my work at Mohawk, I look for ways to live greener at home. For example, I use old newspapers to clean windows and mirrors. It’s a material I already have on hand and is recyclable after use – plus, it does the job better than cloth!

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While sustainability isn’t an explicit part of my job description, it’s constantly on my mind as I manage relationships with our customers. It’s also something I think about in my home of Sydney, Australia. I’m an avid fisherman, and when I go to fish in our local river I often pull in more rubbish than fish. My friends joke that that’s because I’m a hopeless fisherman – but it also speaks to what’s happening to our planet. I believe we can protect the environment by insisting on high-quality, sustainable products.

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