Did you know that there are actually eco-friendly carpeting options? Or that standard, synthetic carpet contains a number of unhealthy chemicals that can affect your health? While carpeting options may have been more limited a few decades ago, now more and more green options are readily available.
Perhaps one of the biggest aspects of carpeting that people don’t realize is that your carpet and padding can affect your home’s air quality and even your health. Some carpets contain VOCs – volatile organic compounds – that emit as gas. These VOCs fill the air when new carpet is installed and it can take years for these chemicals to dissipate. Exposure to these gases can result in allergic skin reactions, headaches, dizziness, nausea, or other symptoms. Even worse, VOCs contain suspected carcinogens, like formaldehyde. Additionally, these VOCs emit a smell that most people simply describe as “new carpet smell.” Eco-friendly carpeting, on the other hand, doesn’t contain any VOCs.
The great thing about eco-friendly carpeting is that many of them are made from recycled materials, like water bottles, or organic materials, like wool, rather than fossil fuel byproducts like synthetic carpeting. If you’re looking for green carpet options, look for padding and carpeting that have the Carpet and Rug Institute “Green Label.” Many padding contains VOCs as well, so when searching for green carpeting, look for padding that is made from recycled materials.
Eco-friendly carpeting is sustainable and as durable as synthetic carpeting, making it an affordable option if you aren’t interested in other eco-friendly flooring options, like bamboo or eucalyptus wood flooring. With eco-friendly carpeting, your home will be free from dangerous pollutants from flooring.
There are green carpet options for every home – from carpet tiles to area rugs to installed carpeting – and, by choosing one, not only are you maintaining a healthy environment, but you’re also reducing your environmental impact.
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