Simple Steps to Greener Living

Whether it's old and stained or simply unfashionable, you don't have to throw away your old carpet. Carpetcycle estimates that carpet recycling programs can save over 700,000 barrels of oil per year.

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June 1, 2010

Eco-Friendly Carpet

You don't throw away
bottles and cans anymore,
So what's wrong with
keepin' it green on your floor?

You may have heard of low VOC paint, but low VOC carpet? VOCs are volatile organic compounds which can cause skin irritation, nausea, and allergic reactions among other symptoms. Brand new carpet actually emits VOCs as a gas that smells of...well, brand new carpet. So if you don't want your carpet emitting fumes and chemicals, what are your greener options?

  • As you shop, search for the Carpet and Rug Institute's Green Label which ensures that the floor covering you've selected has a low emission of VOCs.
  • Purchase carpets that are made from post consumer materials, such as recycled plastic bottles, or with natural materials such as corn sugar. Mohawk Flooring offers several types of eco-friendly carpets that are sold in stores across the U.S. for your convenience. The company itself is committed to running a sustainable business, saving 100% of the water they use in manufacturing and diverting billions of plastic bottles from landfills each year, among other environmental accomplishments.
  • If you want to go with a hardwood look instead, consider cork, eucalyptus or bamboo floors - natural, renewable alternatives to carpet, with a modern appeal.

Eco-friendly carpet cleaning services do exist! Home Depot's ChemDry services your carpet naturally across the United States. And Massachussetts has Zoots, which is a perchloroethylene-free and non-toxic carpet cleaning service.


Petal Drops using soda bottles, easily and elegantly captures rain water and repurpose it for watering plants.

Environmental stewardship: Honoring nature at every turn of the business.


Indoor compact composting system made from 75% Recycled Plastic with Efficient Microbes (EM).

Stoney Mountain Farm's wool drying balls reduce your drying time, soften, and eliminate static cling.

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