Shaw’s ClearTouch Earns UL Environment Recycled Content Claim

Dalton, Ga., March 30, 2010 – Shaw Floors announces that the company’s ClearTouch
® BCF PET earned 25 percent post-consumer recycled content* designation from the
prestigious UL Environment
. UL Environment helps support the growth and development of sustainable products,
services and organizations in the global marketplace through standards development, educational
services, and independent third party assessment and certification. ClearTouch is a continuous
filament fiber that offers the inherent stain resistance attributes of polyester as well as
exceptional performance characteristics, such as no pilling or fuzzing, with the added
environmental benefit of recycled content.

Last year, Shaw announced that millions of pounds of soft drink and water bottles are used to
manufacture ClearTouch carpets. “This patent-pending innovation is unique to the standard
manufacturing processes for PET BCF fibers and unlike other processes used in the manufacture of
staple yarn systems from PET bottles,” said Dennis McGavis, Shaw’s product stewardship and
regulatory affairs director. “The 25 percent recycled content validation from UL Environment
solidifies the environmental benefits of ClearTouch, and contributes to Shaw’s broader
sustainability journey. ClearTouch is a prime example of Shaw’s commitment to Sustainability
through Innovation.”

“The Environmental Claims Validation program is part of our effort to recognize companies and
products that strive for environmental excellence,” said Steve Wenc, president of UL Environment,
Inc. “We are thrilled to validate ClearTouch, an important innovation toward more sustainable

In April 2009, Shaw and DAK Americas announced the creation of a new joint venture company,
Clear Path Recycling, LLC. The facility will produce Recycled PET (RPET) from post-consumer PET
bottles and will recycle over 280 million pounds annually of PET bottles, or about 5 billion
bottles. This venture contributes to the company’s 25 percent energy intensity reduction pledge
announced in 2008 and is currently under construction-and has allowed Shaw to expand ClearTouch
product offerings.

According to Shaw, ClearTouch yarn’s optimum twist and density levels produce carpets of
excellence resilience and durability. The ClearTouch yarn system also boasts exceptional softness
as a result of the yarn’s fine-denier filaments. The smaller denier produces the supple touch,
while advanced yarn engineering, including optimum twist levels, accounts for the superior
durability. Further differentiating ClearTouch carpets from conventional PET products is the
company’s patented R2x® Stain and Soil Resistance System for enhanced protection against spills and
tracked-in dirt.

*ClearTouch contains an average of 25 percent post-consumer recycled content for PET carpet

About UL Environment

UL Environment (ULE) supports the growth and development of sustainable products and services
in the global marketplace through standards development and independent third-party assessment and
certification. ULE is a wholly owned subsidiary of Underwriters Laboratories, a global leader in
conformity assessment that has been testing products and writing standards for more than a century.
ULE currently offers Environmental Claims Validation (ECV), a service testing and verifying
manufacturers’ self-declared environmental claims, Sustainable Products Certification (SPC), a
service testing and certifying products to accepted industry standards for environmental
sustainability and Energy Efficiency Certification (EEC), a service testing and verifying product
compliance with mandatory and voluntary energy efficiency regulations and programs. ULE is
developing additional environmental standards, as well as training and advisory services to support
organizations in the sustainable products and services industry.

About Shaw

Shaw Industries Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., is the world’s largest
carpet manufacturer and a leading floorcovering provider with more than $4 billion in annual sales
and approximately 25,000 associates worldwide. Headquartered in Dalton, Ga., the company
manufactures and distributes carpeting, rugs, hardwood, laminate and ceramic tile for residential
and commercial applications worldwide. A recognized leader in environmental stewardship, Shaw has
implemented hundreds of sustainability initiatives and Cradle to Cradle design solutions,
collectively termed the Shaw Green Edge. For more information, visit

Press release courtesy of Shaw Industries Group Inc.

Posted April 6, 2010