Looking for eco–friendly carpet? Want to know if the carpet you are buying is considered green? Below is a list of
frequently asked green carpet questions to assist you in your flooring search. Have additional questions about green carpet
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Q – Why should I buy green carpet?
A – You should buy green carpet for three main
reasons – To protect yourself and your family, to
preserve our earth and to plan for the health of future generations. Unlike some other types of carpet, green carpet promotes
a healthy indoor air quality. Green carpet is also made from sustainable resources or recycled content as opposed to
non–renewable, petroleum based materials that are common in most carpet.
Q – How does carpet's lifecycle affect the planet earth?
A – Carpet's lifecycle affects
our planet in many ways. First, one must consider the materials and energy
needed to manufacture carpet. Once carpet is produced, it must be shipped to the retailer and then finally the consumer, all
of which adds to energy consumption and can increase greenhouse gas emissions. At the end of its useful life, carpet is often
disposed of in a landfill where it will decompose in most cases. It is estimated that approximately 6 billion pounds of
carpet is disposed of annually. For more on this, visit FindAnyFloor's section on Carpet and Recycling.
Q – Will green carpet cost more than other carpet?
A – In some cases yes, and in others
no. For the slight different in cost that you may occur, the benefits of
a healthy indoor air quality and knowing that you are doing your part in protecting our planet is well worth the price.
Q – What is the Green Label or Green Label Plus?
A – The Green Label or Green Label
Plus was developed by the Carpet and Rug Institute in corroboration with
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The Green Label, which you will
see posted on carpet, padding, and other carpet materials signals that the product has been tested and proven to emit very
low levels of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). For more info on this, visit FindAnyFloor's section on the Carpet and Rug Institute.
Q – What type of materials is green carpet made from?
A – This question does not have a
simple answer as carpet is usually made of three layers – the face
fibers, the base that the fibers are attached to, and the carpet backing, all of which can be made with different materials.
Common materials in green carpet include P.E.T. recycled polyester, recycled content nylon, and renewable resources such as
sugar from corn based carpet fibers. For more on carpet is eco–friendly face fiber, visit FindAnyFloor's section on Green Carpet Fibers.
Q – What should I look for when buying green carpet padding?
A – Like green carpet,
carpet padding can also be made from recycled content or sustainable resources. Green
carpet padding is commonly made from jute, wool, rubber, or recycled carpet materials. As with carpet, look for the CRI's
Green Label to identify low VOC emitting carpet padding.
Q – How do I know if my old carpet is recyclable?
A – The carpet recycling process can
be a bit tricky as carpet consists of 3 separate layers: base, surface
fibers and the backing. All three layers require the use of bonding agents, adhesives and treatments that could contain toxic
agents. In some cases, only one of the carpet layers will qualify for recycling while the others must be disposed of. Most
types of nylon, polypropylene, and polyester carpets can be recycled and used for other purposes once they reach the end of
their useful lives.
Q – Where can I find a carpet recycling center near me?
A – More and more carpet
recycling or reclamation centers are emerging nationwide. To locate the closest one
to you, visit the interactive map at carpetrecovery.org or view their printable pdf.
Q – My carpet is being glued down – What should I look for when choosing green adhesives?
– Look for carpet that meets or exceeds E–1 emission standards (European standards for VOC content) or
has the CRI's Green Label or Green Label Plus.
Q – How do I choose green carpet cleaning products?
A – Major cleaning should be left
to a professional but for spot treatments, choose cleaners that are
non–toxic, made of renewable resources, and biodegradable. Always use manufacturer recommended products when possible.
For more info on cleaning flooring using green products, visit FindAnyFloor's section on Green Flooring Care and
Q – Can you please give me some examples of carpet manufacturers that produce green carpet?
– Sure, here are some of the most common carpet manufactures that are producing some type of green