At Greenbuild this year, Shaw Contract introduced an astounding process based around McDonough's Cradle to Cradle philosophy. They have developed a process which uses a proprietary solution to reclaim carpet fiber and backing... so that the fiber becomes reusable fiber, backing becomes reusable backing, and the solution itself is resuable. This reuse of waste is not only meaningful, it's near-magical.
This is another example of how carpet is leading the way in green design... something I didn't expect five years ago was to find out that huge corporations not only care, but really are working for the greater good. Too often, we are conditioned to expect the opposite from big corps, but think about it: a really big corporation can make a really big difference.
So seeing great ideas like this come to production in January... not only as a one-off project, but as mandated process... will be a great way to start off the new year.