When you think of environmental sustainability, carpet flooring probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. Most people associate carpet with synthetic materials like nylon, olefin, and polyester—all of which make luxuriously comfortable carpets—but these materials are far from being the most eco-friendly options available to people who care about the long-term health of the planet.
Since an increasing number of Flagstaff and Sedona homeowners are looking for eco-friendly design options, we have decided to put together this short list of the three most sustainable carpet options on the market. There are lots of other eco-friendly fibers that didn’t make it onto this list—cotton, linen, coir, and seagrass, for example—so contact us today to learn more!
Wool Carpet Flooring
Wool carpet is one of the most popular natural fibers—and many people don’t even realize that it’s also extremely sustainable! Coming primarily from animals in Australia (which is responsible for about 25% of the world’s wool production), the sheep need to be sheared regularly in order to remain comfortable. Then all of their wool is classed and divided up for use in things like clothes, furniture, and carpet! Wool is soft, can be dyed in any color, and is naturally resistant to abrasion, fire, and water!
Jute Carpet Flooring
Jute comes from a species of tall grass in the genus Corchorus, and it might be the most sustainable fiber on this list! Growing all around Pakistan and Bangladesh, jute plants can reach maturity in a matter of months and need only natural rain water to grow. Because farmers don’t need to use pesticides or fertilizer, soil and water quality isn’t affected by jute production. After being processed, jute fibers are used for all sorts of things, like food, rope, bags, clothes, furniture, and carpet. The importance of jute to the economies, cultures, and environments of Bangladesh and Pakistan is why it has appeared on national emblems and been fondly nicknamed the “golden fiber.”
Sisal Carpet Flooring
Made from agave plants (yes, the same plants used to make tequila), sisal is the other natural fiber you should know about if you’re considering carpet for your Flagstaff or Sedona home. Left as they are, sisal fibers are the same tan color as jute, and they’re strong enough for any room in your house. They make excellent area rugs, and can be dyed in a variety of colors. And don’t forget that you can mix sisal with natural cotton fibers for an even softer broadloom, without sacrificing the lovely, raw look of the sisal.
Learn More About Eco-Friendly Floors
We know that our Northern Arizona neighbors value the natural world, and the team at Floor Coverings International® of Flagstaff is committed to providing the highest quality sustainable flooring options. We serve Flagstaff, Sedona, and surrounding areas, so you can easily schedule a free, in-home visit from our mobile showroom to browse our line of sustainable flooring options. Get started today!
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