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.
Opt for natural fibers such as wool, cotton, sea grass, and jute. Not only are they from renewable sources, but they're also biodegradable.
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.
Some manufacturers will recycle your carpet at the end of its life—a good way to reuse a non-renewable resource.
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.
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.
These products do less harm to the environment, as well as to human and animal health.