Posted: 2018-06-07, in category: Uncategorised
Eco-friendly carpets come in virtually every style from rugs, wall-to-wall carpeting to tiles. Carpet made from natural, renewable fibres tend to be the most environmentally friendly and include sisal, seagrass, coir, organic cotton, jute, organic wool and bamboo. The materials used to create these carpets are biodegradable and don’t require a lot of fertilizer and pesticides to produce.
Coir is made from the strong fibres of the coconut husk found in Kerala, India. The natural fibres are removed by hand and softened in sea water, so that they can be woven.
Jute gives a tweedy look and is soft underfoot. It comes from the stalk of the giant corchorus plants, grown in southern India. Their natural fibres are finer making Jute more suitable than coir for “relaxing rooms” like living rooms or bedrooms.
This grows in the tropical climates of China and Vietnam, in coastal meadows and on riverbanks. The natural fibre is harvested by hand, dried and hand spun into cords before being woven into flooring.
Bamboo is an eco choice, despite being mainly grown in Asia, because the plants take around only three to five years to reach maturity, which is a lot less than a typical tree.
Of course the most eco friendly option when it comes to flooring is using what you already have where possible. Do you have original floorboards or parquet flooring that can be sanded and varnished, stained or painted? In older homes, there are sometimes hidden gems like original stone or tiled floors that have been covered up for years. They may need a little TLC, but they make a great feature.
Putting period features back into an old property is a good way to add value and increase its appeal when you come to sell. This includes options like new wooden flooring, either solid wood, or engineered wood (with a real wood top layer).
Another extremely environmentally friendly type of flooring (and the cosiest) is wool carpet. Making a wool carpet uses only about 10% of the energy used to produce a nylon one. and wool is sustainable because sheep re-grow their fleeces after being shorn.
Eco Your Underlay Too
When buying eco-friendly carpet underlay, look for natural materials like non-synthetic latex, untreated wool or camel hair felt. Carpet backings that are sewn on or glued using natural, non-toxic adhesives are healthier choices than those using adhesives that give off gas VOCs
Recycled carpets are an eco-friendly option. Rather than making carpet from petroleum and other fossil fuels, some carpet manufacturers use both pre- and post-consumer plastics like polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, or industrial scraps. PET carpets are made from 100 percent recycled plastic beverage bottles and can be down-cycled into insulation or furniture stuffing when they wear out.
At Harley Carpets many of their carpets are backed with natural materials, using minimal adhesive. Axminster for example are committed to a Carbon Neutral Programme and their carpets are approved by the Carbon Footprint initiative. Please ask in-store for details of our eco-friendly carpet products.