Green Carpets and Rugs: 4 Eco-Friendly Flooring Tips

green carpets and rugs

The interest in green carpets and rugs has grown in recent years. More and more consumers have decided to go green when decorating their homes for both environmental and health reasons. Because of consumer demand, there are more and more eco-friendly options on the market. Choosing a green carpet or rug for your home isn’t as complicated as it used to be.

However, to make an informed choice about your next green flooring, here’s what you should know.

1. New Green Flooring Options on the Market

Technology has been rapidly advancing and the floor covering industry is no exception. Not only are some green carpets and rugs made of natural fibers, but some are also made without synthetic chemicals during their production. In addition to this, many eco-friendly carpet backings are made without the use of toxic chemicals.

Therefore, if you want to make a healthy, environmentally friendly choice, make sure the floor covering you opt for has all the above mentioned qualities. There’s a large number of eco-friendly, green carpets and rugs on the market, so finding the one you like shouldn’t be too difficult.

2. Be Careful During the Installation Process

If you opt for a wall-to-wall carpet, the proper installation process will be necessary. This is also something you should be very careful about if you want to go green. There is a great number of glues on the market which are not good for the environment and avoiding the use of these is the most important thing to do during the installation process. Luckily, there are  low-VOC and water-based options which are a much better choice for every eco-friendly home. Besides this, there are also low-emitting adhesives which are a good option as well. Lastly, you may even decide to install your wall-to-wall carpet without using glue at all.

3. Choose the Right Padding Options

Another thing you might be required to get when buying a new carpet or rug is the padding. Today, most of the padding options available are made of plastic and they are not a good choice when trying to go green. Instead, recycled or natural material is a better solution. If you choose a floor covering with a lightweight natural backing as mentioned above, padding might not be necessary at all. When it comes to rugs, there are some natural options that also require no padding underneath. Natural wool rugs or sisal rugs are good examples. Both of these are durable and can fit well into just every home.

4. Getting Rid of Old Rugs

Buying an eco-friendly rug is not the only way you can contribute to a safer environment. When you buy a new carpet or rug, it is up to you to decide what you are going to do with the old one. Many people aren’t aware that carpets and rugs should not be thrown away with the rest of the garbage and heaped up in the landfill. Therefore, once you buy a green carpet or rug, make sure you have your old one recycled. If you’re not sure how to do this, you can always take your old floor covering to a carpet store and have them recycle it for you.

Eco-friendly, green carpets and rugs are definitely good ideas for designing a healthy, environmentally safe home. But why stop there? Make sure you look for other ways to turn your home into a healthy, eco-friendly dwelling.

Lillian Connors

If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of home improvement projects and spread the word about them. As the Co-editor of Smooth Decorator, she cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on.

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