June 1, 2010
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.