HICKSVILLE, N.Y.–Kalaty Rug Corp. has added a solar electrical system to its headquarters and warehouse here.
“We feel a responsibility to reduce our carbon footprint as a business,” said Farshad Kalaty, spokesperson. “After careful study and consideration, we have invested in a photovoltaic solar electrical system to power our warehouse.”
The new system will dramatically reduce the amount of energy the company uses every year, Kalaty added. “Over the course of one year, this photovoltaic system saves the equivalent in harmful emissions of driving 72,500 miles in the average car and 2,204,000 miles in emissions over the course of 30 years. Or, you could look at the system as the energy equivalent of planting 825 trees per year or 25,080 trees over the life of the system,” he said. “We feel it is important to do our part for the environment.”
The company added that it already incorporates sustainable standards to its products, manufacturing and warehousing methods. Its area rugs are made of such natural fibers as fine wools, cotton and bamboo silk, for example. It also recently introduced a paperless invoicing option for customers.
The Kalaty business originated in the early 1900s in Iran, and then Mirza Kalaty founded Kalaty Rug Corp. in the U.S. in 1979. Today, Mirza Kalaty and his five sons — Ramin, Mike, Farshad, Ariel and Kamran — operate the company.