Growing awareness about the need to protect our environment has modified different aspects of our lives. The selection of carpets for your home is no exception, so it’s high time we learned something about those that do less or no harm to mother Earth.
Carpets and rugs have long been the preferred flooring solution for many homeowners, as they are so comfy and soft to walk or sit on, coming in an endless variety of colors and styles. However, they are commonly made using of volatile organic compounds and toxins which do considerable harm to our health, as well as the environment. But did you know that there are some truly earth-friendly solutions out there?
For example, let’s consider carpets made of wool, a 100% natural material that is spun into threads we can dye any color imaginable and then woven into carpets. Since it is one of the first materials to be used as floor covering, it’s astonishingly durable, meaning that it can last for decades, or even centuries, reducing the need for new carpets and consequently protecting the environment. When it comes to natural materials used for carpets and rugs, wool still rules the roost, but you can also choose other options, such as sisal, cotton and jute.
You can go for carpets made of recycled materials as another sustainable flooring option. For instance, polyester (PET) can be used to make Berber carpets. This is a material that is primarily obtained from recycled plastic bottles, so it has a minimal negative impact on the environment. The logic is quite simple: the more plastic containers we use to make carpets, the less of them will be found on countless landfills. Polyester has different benefits, it is spill resistant, extremely durable, coming in a wide range of eye-catching colors and patterns.
Carpets and rugs made of this earth-friends material often have a flecked appearance, so you can easily blend them in most color schemes. However, that there are also some drawbacks. As this type of carpets might be snagged, this can cause them to unravel if you don’t have them promptly repaired. In addition to this, recycled materials might be slightly rough to walk on with our bare feet. With regard to other eco synthetic materials, carpets can be made from nylon, considered by many to be the best solution after wool when we speak about its overall quality, and olefin, which also quite a sustainable solution.
It goes without saying that the eco-friendly aspect of carpets does not just include the selection of materials, since good maintenance is just as important, ensuring that carpets last longer. Frequent vacuuming is essential here, and it should be done at least once or twice a week.
By doing so, you can remove dirt particles and soil before they are embedded into the fabric of your carpet. Vacuuming aside, you should also have your carpets and rugs professionally cleaned every six months, even if they don’t appear to be very dirty, as it’s the invisible soil, allergens and bacteria that are the real threat to your carpets, your health and, last but not least, the environment.