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Carpet Selection January 28, 2009

Filed under: ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES — ia2studio @ 1:07 am

When it comes to selecting “green” carpeting, three things to consider are: manufacturing processes, product lifetime, and recycled materials.  Manufacturing processes can take up a lot of energy making carpet.  Reducing the use of energy helps a lot towards saving the environment.  In fact, the carpet industry “leaves one of the smallest environmental footprints” because of its energy efficient construction.  The lifetime of the product is important because consumers don’t want to have to throw out carpeting every so often.  Not only does this make an impact towards consumer wallets, but also towards the environment, like the impact on land-fills.  Although some carpeting can be recycled, the amount thrown-out still makes an impact.  Recycling is the biggest concern in carpeting.  Nylon fibers are the best for recycled carpeting.  Nylon is able to keep its quality, which means it can be used over and over again.  Another good fiber to use is polyester.

Lape, Tom. “Eco-friendly carpet.” Buildings. 95.11 (November 2001): 22.

Posted by: Gania Kandalaft


One Response to “Carpet Selection”

  1. ia2studio Says:

    Gania — Nice work, I just want to add a couple points for elaboration:

    – ALL carpet can be recycled to various degrees. Interface in Georgia has a recycling program that will accept any kind of old carpet, which they “crunch” up and turn into feedstock for carpet backing. (Note: Not a cradle-to-cradle process, but may be better than landfilling).

    -TRANSPORTATION energy and cost is one of the greatest barriers to carpet recycling, since there are only a handful of carpet recycling facilities in the US.

    – Shaw commercial claims to have a cradle-to-cradle product.

    – I’m glad you mentioned fiber composition — becoming knowledgeable about the FIBER properties (structure, coating, etc.) will help you select a carpet that is more durable over time.

    – There are several major ways that carpet can contribute to LEED goals: 1) CRI third party certification, 2) recycled content, 3) local sourcing within 500 miles of project site, 4) low-VOC adhesives used during install.

    Cheers, LS

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