Great Green Idea: Green Furnishing: Five Leading Green Carpet Makers

Five Leading Green Carpet Makers

Green living is not a trend; it is a mainstay in today's society. As more homeowners are converting to green living they want eco-friendly carpet. Increasingly there are more choices in green carpet makers. In the past the only eco-friendly choice for flooring was hardwood and bamboo; however not everyone liked those options. Today there are many green carpet options.

o Made from renewable or recycled resources
o Reduces dependency on oil
o Reduces landfills of recyclable material
o Safe for the family
o Ensures healthy environment for future generations
o Available in many styles and colors
Below are some of the industry's leading green carpet makers and the eco-friendly carpet they offer.

COMPANY C: Natural Grounds Line
o 100 percent natural wood
o Natural ground
o Less dyes needed

FLOR: Mission Zero Program
o Eliminates company's negative impact
o Ready mix colors match any d├ęcor
o Made out of 80 percent post consumer fibers
o Carpet tiles do not show dirt and makes it easier to replace when needed

SHAW: Cradle to Cradle Carpeting
o Uses recycled carpeting to make new fibers
o Fashion forward colors and patterns
o Introduced a 100 percent recycled carpet

MOHAWK FLOORING: Leading Green Carpet Maker
o Making carpet made out of recycled plastic bottles (EverStrand)
o SmartStrand with DuPont made out of corn sugar
o Stain resistant and comfortable

o 100 percent natural nontoxic
o Soft floor covering
o Natural rubber adhesive
o First hemp/cotton backing

Green living is here to stay. Part of that movement is eco-friendly carpet. Flooring options have evolved over the years. In the past hardwood and bamboo floors were the only green options. Greening carpets have emerged recently. Green carpet makers now use natural products such as wool and ground reducing dependency on oil to manufacture synthetic fibers. Sugars extracted from corn kernels can be used to make carpet fibers. Vegetable extracts are being used for dyes, and hemp and cotton are woven into the mix. Recycled plastic drinking bottles are infused to make fibers.

Going green indoors has its advantages. Green flooring options reduce dependency on oil, reduce the need for landfills, are safe on the environment and family, ensure the planet for future generations, and are stylish. Oil is a nonrenewable resource; this means that once depleted it is gone for millions of years.

Cotton, hemp, corn, and wool are renewable resources. It does not take much for these items to grow. By using recycled and renewable resources green carpet makers reduce the need for landfills. Every used item that is refurbished or reused stays out of the landfill. It can take up to 20,000 years for conventional carpeting to degrade in a landfill and plastic bottles do not decompose for 1,000 years. Future generations are doomed if the current generation does not do their part to reduce carbon footprints. Greening carpet is a step on the right direction. Whether new home or during a remodel insist on eco-friendly carpet.

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