Carpet and Rugs

6 ways to Green Your Carpet and Rugs

All synthetic carpet is made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource, in a process that consumes large amounts of water and energy. Fortunately, the carpet industry also offers carpets made of recycled and natural materials.

  1. Choose natural fiber carpets and rugs

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    Opt for natural fibers such as wool, cotton, sea grass, and jute. Not only are they from renewable sources, but they're also biodegradable.

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  2. Buy certified carpets and rugs

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    When you buy certified carpets, you're buying from manufacturers who have reduced pollutants and waste. Look for SCS Sustainable Choice, California Sustainable Carpets, Green Label Plus or Rugmark.

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  3. Buy carpet from manufacturers with take-back programs

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    Some manufacturers will recycle your carpet at the end of its life—a good way to reuse a non-renewable resource.

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  4. Choose carpet tiles

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    Using carpet tiles instead of broadloom carpet means fewer raw materials are used when buyers replace just the worn tiles instead of the entire carpet.

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  5. Recycle carpet, rugs, and padding

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    If your carpet manufacturer doesn't take back your old carpet for recycling, you'll need to find a carpet recycling service. Carpets and padding can be made into new carpet and other products, such as auto parts and plastic lumber.

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  6. Install carpet with low-VOC adhesives

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    These products do less harm to the environment, as well as to human and animal health.

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Comments

11/19/2008
10:16am
bodavis

I need to know if you can install carpet tile in cold weather. The box says to let tiles be at room temperature for 48 hrs. Do you have to install them at room temperature? What can happen if you don'nt let them stay at room temp. for 48 hours?

11/25/2008
3:31pm
greengoddess

hi bodavis, i believe that the issue around being sure the tiles are at room temp before you lay them is so that they not do not expand or contract too much once they are laid in place, throwing off the alignement.

04/22/2010
3:26pm
sarah1

You gotta green your closets - http://www.closets.net too! Closet organization should be done every spring in order to green your home.

04/19/2010
9:56am
Floorganics

A quote from the article:

"The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that new carpet and some new rugs can off-gas volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that may cause adverse reactions in some people, including skin irritations, headaches, shortness of breath, and coughing."

With carpet products available that are produced with no toxins and no chemicals, why choose a carpet that could give off harmful VOCs? Why not choose a product that is completely free of VOCs?

We manufacture residential carpet that is made from all 100% natural materials. We use no dyes, chemicals, or synthetics of any kind. Our products contain zero toxins and zero VOCs.

It is time to change the world, one product at a time.

Floorganics
Manufacturer of all natural carpets
http://www.floorganics.com

04/29/2010
12:46am
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