The Best Sustainable Carpets - and Why

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So, you’re in the market for a carpet and it has to be sustainable, right? What are the best sustainable carpets available and what makes them so environmentally friendly? We check out the most sustainable carpets and give our reasons why.

Best in show - the best sustainable carpets

Here’s our list of some of the best sustainable carpets from Ege Carpets’ range of flooring options:

  • The Highline concept’s 1100, Loop and Carré collections 
  • The ReForm concept 
  • The Una concept’s Ground Control and Brick collections 
  • The Rawline Scala concept 

These carpets form parts of larger concepts but all have a point of difference. Each consists of 100 percent regenerated and regenerable yarns and most are fitted with a 100 percent regenerated and regenerable backing (Ecotrust), making them some of the most environmentally friendly carpets out there. Let’s look a little closer at what makes them so sustainable.

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A cracking yarn makes for some of the best sustainable carpets

First of all, each of these carpets is made from a yarn that has been regenerated from used fishing nets found in the ocean and industrial waste. So, rather than using scarce, raw materials, the yarn is instead made from regenerated materials.

The materials that are used to produce the yarn for these carpets are collected in collaboration with a business that sources used nylon products. They could be nylon products that have:

  • reached the end of their product life, such as used carpets; 
  • been left in the wild or industrial areas, such as discarded fishing nets; or 
  • are residual from the manufacturing of other products, such as textile waste from clothing manufacturing. 

These materials all have to go through a refining process. For example, the carpet fibres are cut away from the backing of the used carpets. The used fishing nets are cleaned and cut into smaller pieces. The textile waste products are also reduced to smaller remnants. They are all then broken down further into nylon chips that are used as raw material for the nylon yarn.  

What’s more, when the yarn is no longer needed, it’s transformed into new nylon products. In fact, nylon yarn can be brought back to liquid form, cleaned of any remaining dye pigments and dyed again for reuse. In this way, the yarn completes a closed-loop as it is converted again and again into new yarn.

Learn more: “How we make carpets for a sustainable future”.

The most environmentally friendly carpet padding

Another reason why our list makes the cut for the best sustainable carpets is that most are fitted with backing made from used water bottles. These plastics are regenerated into a strong felt material with sound absorbing qualities. 

Creating products with these regenerated materials that can be used again in new products means the design process eliminates waste, earning it a Cradle to Cradle CertificationTM. In fact, all products from Ege Carpets are Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM and when combined with the regenerated yarn, these carpets become a very green carpet choice.

Is there something in the air?

No. At least, not with our list of the best sustainable carpets. These  carpets – in fact, all Ege carpets – have received the Indoor Air Comfort Gold certification. This means they have passed inspections of factory production and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) testing according to industry standards. VOCs are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids and include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects.

Indoor Air Comfort Gold certification is the best assurance that these carpets fulfill low product emission requirements. It’s also a sign of a focus on quality and contribution to a healthy indoor environment.

Conclusion

We have solid reasons for arriving at the best sustainable carpets. Their yarns are made from fully regenerated and regenerable materials, making them part of a sustainable closed loop system of recycled and reused materials. Most of the carpet backings in this series are made from regenerated plastic bottles. Each carpet is Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM and Indoor Air Comfort (Gold) certified - making them the best sustainable carpets. 

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Written by Mette Frydensbjerg Jacobsen: Mette is ege carpets' fashion savvy communications expert. Her keen eye for the sweet spot between beautiful carpets and great stories makes her our favourite pick for inspiring you with Project of the Month.

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