Sustainability is more important now than ever. That’s why designers and clients alike are increasingly looking to select sustainable carpet and are weighing their sustainable carpet options. But how can you ensure sustainability in your carpet selection?
Sustainability has become an increasingly important consideration, in more recent times, as we’ve come to understand the impact of our consumption choices on the surrounding environment. This goes for everything from personal consumption, to the design of spaces. This means that architects and corporate designers are - and will continue to be - tasked with accounting for sustainability in their projects.
One of the ways to bring sustainability and green thinking into a design project is through the choice of flooring. But when it comes to carpeting, ensuring sustainability can sometimes be a confusing task. There are a number of products that claim to be sustainable, a number of factors that impact overall sustainability and a number of different sustainability certifications that exist, operating on different geographical level - national, regional, etc.
While it’s great that so many manufacturers and legislative bodies are considering sustainability, it makes it hard to make the most informed decision as to which products are truly the best for people and planet.
Our Global Account Manager Kim Monrad answers our most frequently asked questions about carpets and sustainability. In this video, Kim explains the type of sustainability certifications for commercial carpets to look out for, and especially the Cradle to Cradle certification.
If sustainability is important for your project, make sure to select a carpet manufacturer that deeply considers their environmental responsibility at every level of the manufacturing process and at every stage of the product lifecycle. Here are a few key things to look for when selecting sustainable carpets for commercial projects.
The Cradle to Cradle product standard acts as a guide for manufacturers and designers, through a continual improvement process - toward fully sustainable practice - in all stages of the product lifecycle - from the sourcing of material, right up to facilitating the responsible disposal or recycling of worn goods.
Essentially, the goal of the standard is to move toward a world where consumption of resources not only makes the smallest environmental footprint but actually contributes to a positive footprint.
Imagine a carpet made exclusively from recycled materials. After use, the carpet is broken down into smaller components, which are used to make new carpets. The energy for this production comes from offshore wind turbines, and the surplus heat from production is used to heat municipal buildings. This is the ultimate example of Cradle to Cradle philosophy applied to carpets.
To achieve Cradle to Cradle Certification®, a carpet is accessed on five quality categories: material health, material reutilisation, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness.
Choosing a commercial carpet that is Cradle to Cradle Certified® is the best way to ensure you’re choosing a truly sustainable carpet.
While it’s of course possible to independently access your carpet or manufacture of choice based on various sustainability parameters - such as sustainable materials, responsible production and recyclability - choosing Cradle to Cradle Certified® products is a quick and simple way to ensure your selection lives up to appropriate sustainability standards.
In order to ensure that you’re making the most sustainable choice when it comes to your carpeting, without unnecessary complexity, choosing Cradle to Cradle Certified® carpets is definitely your best bet if you're on the look for a sustainable carpeting option.
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