Four Ways Carpet is Environmentally Friendly

Four Ways Carpet is Environmentally Friendly

The fact that carpet is an earth-friendly option might not even cross your mind when deciding on your flooring. Carpet works best in homes with young children and pets. It is easiest to keep clean, whereas hardwood floors often show dirt and dust so quickly after cleaning them. And carpet is a more comfortable surface for children to play on. Here are four reasons why carpet is a great, environmentally friendly flooring option for your home.

Improves Indoor Air Quality

Did you know that carpet is one of the lowest emitters of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) among household building materials? Most carpet meets the industry’s strict standards for VOCs. Carpet also can act as an air filter by trapping dust particles, which removes them from the air. This can help people greatly who suffer from asthma and allergies.

Carpet Can Be Recycled

If you are remodeling your home and changing out your carpet, you might be able to recycle the old carpet. Close to 5 billion pounds of carpet has been diverted from landfills and recycled since 2002. Used carpet materials can be put back into carpet production. It can also be turned into building materials and auto parts.

If you aren’t quite ready for new carpet, you can look for the CRI Seal of Approval logo to identify products and equipment that will effectively clean your current carpet without causing damage. The CRI Seal of Approval helps lengthen the life of the carpet and in turn, lessens the time that carpet needs to be replaced.

Recycled Materials

More often, carpet is made of recycled materials like plastic bottles, glass, and fishing nets, keeping this waste out of landfills and lessening the industry’s reliance on limited natural resources. Carpet also can be made from renewable resources, like corn and soybeans.

Sustainability and Resource Conservation

Today, carpet manufacturers have sustainability top-of-mind. They are highly focused on resource conservation, such as reducing water and energy use. Many carpet manufacturers work hard to create zero waste during the manufacturing process.

Universal Carpet, Inc. offers numerous environmentally friendly carpeting options for your home. Visit our showroom selection or call us to bring it to you. We service a wide area of customers including Geneva, Batavia, Algonquin, and Barrington Hills. Plus, many other areas all over Chicagoland. And check out our many 5-star reviews from satisfied customers.