When finding carpet for your home, you may wonder how you can guarantee that the product you are buying, is truly a healthy and sustainable. Standard carpet products are made of nylon, acrylic, or polyester and are frequently backed with synthetic SB latex, polyurethane, or polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which are all petroleum products and completely unhealthy for yourself and your home.
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Even within the realm of green carpet, there are carpet manufacturers that claim their products fall under the realm of a healthy green product, but that statement is not supported at each stage in the production cycle. Though a product may appear to be green on the surface, manufacturers might use synthetic backing, harsh stain blocking chemicals, or wool sourced from unsustainable farming operations.
So how do you find a healthy carpet? We believe that the most sustainable products come from companies whose main focus is creating products that support sustainable processes, homes, and communities. Finding manufacturers that share this philosophy can involve some research, but here are some things you should look out for when you are looking for healthy wool carpet:
- Sheep are raised in a free-range environment and wool is not sprayed with pesticides.>
- Primary backing is not made from synthetic materials.
- Carpet is not coated with any toxins, petroleum-based treatments, or moth proofing.
- The face fiber is undyed wool and the colors of the carpet showcase the different colors of sheep.
- The adhesive is a natural latex which comes from a rubber tree
- The padding is made from scraps of wool and jute to minimize waste.
- The product is 100% biodegradeable.
Earthweave Carpet Mills stands apart from its competitors as a company that supports their green claims from wood production to the end of the product’s life. Available through Entero Design.