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Environmentally Friendly Carpet

The most common carpets used today are derived from petroleum based materials; nylon, acrylic, polypropylene and polyester. These carpets not only depend on petroleum products, but they also emit volatile gases throughout its useful life.

Fortunately, there are a wide variety of environmentally friendly carpet options available that are made from sustainable resources, with negligible consequences on the environment. Environmental carpet fiber from jute felt, sea grass, and sisal are derived from renewable and biodegradable crop materials. The most common is sisal that is produced from the leaves of an agave plant in the deserts of Latin America and Africa. Its high durability and long life overcomes the issue of manufacturing inputs required to process the raw material into useable fibers.

One of the leaders in sustainable business practices is actually one of the world’s largest carpet manufacturers. Interface, Inc. has set out to be the first carpet manufacturing company to operate with zero negative environmental impacts by the year 2020. This initiative embedded in the company wide vision called “Mission Zero.” The company is half way towards its goal to phase out of harmful chemicals and increase the use of renewable energy for all manufacturing requirements. Interface has also come up with an innovative solution for carpet replacement. Their new carpet designs are installed in pieces; that way if a section needs replacement, that specific piece can be easily exchanged without disposing the entire carpet.

Before disposing of old and used carpets, contact Invista to reclaim and recycle your carpet material. Invista initiated the reclamation program in 1991 to up-cycle used carpet instead of new products. Since 2001, the program has collected over 65 million pounds of carpert, resulting in more than 120,000 cubic yards of conserved landfill space. To learn more about how to approach your vision of a fully sustainable environment visit Aedi’s green home builders page.