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.
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