How to: Recycle Carpet and Buy Eco-Friendly

What will you do with your old carpet? Tips on recycling and buying eco-friendly carpeting

Green Commitment link buttonAs a consumer, it’s important for you to know how much is wasted every year and what you can do about taking care of the Earth and our environment. Five billion pounds is roughly how much carpet Americans throw away each year, making it one of the bulkiest and least biodegradable ingredients in America’s overflowing landfills.  Organizations like CARE (Carpet America Recovery Effort) are working to help us all make better decisions for the environment.  Bloomsburg Carpet also gives consumers many eco-friendly options.  Read more for tips on what you can do:

Based in Georgia, CARE’s mission is to “advance market-based solutions that increase landfill diversion and recycling of post-consumer carpet, encourage design for recyclability and meet meaningful goals.”

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At some point in the future or possibly near future, you will buy carpet for a residential or commercial project.  So what can you do going forward?

Recycle

Before you buy new carpeting, you can recycle the old carpet you have.  How do you go about doing that?  

– Go to CARE’s website  Carpetrecovery.org and find a Carpet Reclamation Partner in your state
– Contact a Partner to see what your options are to recycle

In some cases, businesses like CarpetCycle accepts  free carpet drop-off from homeowners at their facility in Newark, N.J.  If you need carpeting to be picked up, they charge a fee for transportation.  CarpetCycle states on their website that: “Carpet recycling programs can save more than 700,000 barrels of oil per year, conserving 4.4 trillion BTUs of energy. Energy savings translate into reduced pollutants as well, minimizing air and greenhouse gas emissions.”

Your Carpet in the Afterlife

How will your recycled carpet be used?  What kind of products are made from carpet?

– Carpet is being put into composite lumber (both decking and sheets)
– Tile backer board
– Roofing shingles
– Railroad ties
– Automotive parts
– Carpet cushion
– Stepping stones

A construction management firm, contractor, architect, or building owner can help keep carpet out of landfills by requesting these products or specifying these products in upcoming projects.   CARE mentions that “recovery of the energy content from old carpet, since it is made from crude oil as a raw material, is also an important outlet.”

Buy Eco-Friendly

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Once you start looking around for eco-friendly carpeting, you have just a couple choices.  Bloomsburg Carpet is one of those exceptional choices and Made in the U.S.A.

Our efforts to use recycled materials and to recover old carpet keeps millions of pounds of waste out of landfills.

Carpets made from Bloomsburg Nylon and Zeftron nylon, or any currently installed carpets being replaced with Bloomsburg Nylon, are eligible for our recycling program. We guarantee that the recovered nylon face fiber will not be landfilled. 

The Type 6 Nylon used in Bloomsburg Nylon and Zeftron is 100% recyclable. It can be endlessly recovered and is considered a renewable material.  

We use Bloomsburg Nylon and Zeftron® Enviro6ixTM fibers in the making of our nylon carpets. These environmentally responsible yarn systems offer the outstanding styling, exceptional color clarity, and superior performance you expect from Bloomsburg.  We also use this high-performance nylon in our skein-dyed products. It contains 30% recycled Nylon 6 content and is designed to meet the specification requirements of sustainable buildings.

wools of new zealandWe also offer wool and have a partnership with the Wools of New Zealand.  Bloomsburg Carpet complements the natural qualities of wool by weaving it with jute yarn backing.  Jute is a durable, renewable, and biodegradable plant fiber with exceptional insulating properties.

Why Wool? 

– Wool is completely natural. It is composed entirely of amino acids, the building blocks of life.
– Wool is renewable and biodegradable natural fiber.
– Raised and manufactured with little impact on the natural landscape, wool is one of the world’s most environmentally friendly products.
– Wool is produced from a totally renewable resource—grass.

For more information, please visit: https://bloomsburgcarpet.com

 

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