Green Carpeting Choices – Choices abound!

July 20, 2008 at 9:48 pm Leave a comment

The carpeting manufacturers have been selling their recycling programs for some time and seem to be truly serious about closing the life cycle on their products.

Websites are plentiful that tout the values of carpeting made from recycled materials. One the first is carpeting made from recycled soda bottles.  Yes the PET (polyethylene terephthalate) polyester carpeting is made from 100% recycled materials.  A good example can be found here: http://www.grahamnorthwest.com/special_features/recycled_carpet.html

Carpet manufacturers have been recycling their products since 1991 and like all thing that you can practice they have gotten better with time.  The first program was started by the Dupont Company. A good basic history article is here: http://www.allbusiness.com/retail-trade/building-material-garden-equipment-supplies/509757-1.html At this point all of the major manufacturers have programs in place and recycled content plays a large part in their product lines.

However the carpeting made from this recycled waste stream is not easily reused at the end of its useful life and then ends up in a landfill. The industry continues to work on this problem though. (http://www.doityourself.com/stry/carpetrecycled)

The latest and most interesting entry is carpeting made from bamboo and cotton fibers.  It comes in a shag version which brings back memories from my childhood…. However it is made from renewable sources and comes in a limited selection of colors. From Green Upgrader: (http://greenupgrader.com/2501/bamboo-and-cotton-shag-by-anji-mountain-rug-company/)

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