Why choose eco-friendly carpet?
Eco-friendly carpet creates a healthier environment in your home. Choosing a natural fiber can reduce or even eliminate VOCs, which means no potentially harmful fumes. It is important to consider what adhesive or padding used for your flooring is made of too.
Natural fibers, especially those from plants, are easily renewable. Eco-friendly flooring reduces our use of non-renewable resources. Many of the fibers used for synthetic carpets are made from plastics which come from oil. Plastics can take hundreds of years or longer to decompose in landfills. According to the EPA, tons of carpet is disposed of in the U.S. each year and very little of it is recycled. Since eco-friendly fibers are biodegradable, you will be cutting landfill waste as well.
Wool is the most popular choice for natural fiber carpets. This eco-friendly carpet choice is inherently stain resistant and fire resistant. Wool is also a good insulator. This insulation is helpful if you are looking at carpet to keep your floor warm or for absorbing sound to make your house quieter.
Wool carpet should not be immersed in water because it can mold or mildew relatively easily. Therefore, this flooring should not be used in areas prone to flooding or where moisture problems are common, like basements and bathrooms.
Another disadvantage to wool carpet is that it is expensive, usually much more so than synthetic fibers. Wool can be blended with other eco-friendly fibers like linen and jute and in many cases this can help reduce the cost.
Coir is a natural fiber made from the husks of coconuts. This eco-friendly fiber is very inexpensive and has a rough texture. You won’t want to put coir in an area where you want a soft feel under your feet, like bedrooms. Coir is extremely durable and will hold up well in high traffic areas like hallways. However, stairs should be avoided since the looser fibers can be snagged and become a tripping hazard.
Coir is vulnerable to stains and discoloration, so spills should be wiped up immediately. This carpet is not susceptible to mold and these fibers naturally resist insects and won’t trap allergens.
Jute comes from the corchorus plant in subtropical Asia. These plants grow easily and are resilient, so fertilizers and pesticides aren’t necessary. In its natural state, jute is an off-white to brown color, but it can be dyed. An inexpensive fiber and naturally soft, jute carpet has good insulating qualities and is anti-static.
Because jute is a soft fiber, carpet made of this material is not very durable. This eco-friendly flooring is more suitable for low or medium traffic areas like bedrooms or home offices.
Sisal comes from the leaves of the agave plant, and is soft but still durable. This eco-friendly carpet would work well in high traffic areas. Naturally, sisal is a cream color, but it is easily dyed. Some other natural fiber carpets don’t have the wider variety of colors and patterns that sisal does. This kind of eco-friendly flooring can stain, and needs to be periodically treated to resist dirt and spills. Moderately expensive, sisal costs more than coir, but not as much as wool.
The professionals at Gowdy Flooring can help find the perfect eco-friendly carpet for you and install it too! If you have any questions about our products and services, call us at (806) 353-6226. You can also connect with us via e-mail. We welcome you to visit our showroom and office located at 5205 S. Coulter St. in Amarillo, Texas.