How to Buy Recycled Carpet

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As society turns greener, we need to focus on how to get products that reduce the amount of pollution released into the environment. One way to do this is to purchase products that have gone through the recycling process. If you want green flooring, buy recycled carpet.

Skill level:


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    Understand that many carpet manufacturers use a combination of old carpet and plastic to make the product. Most of the plastic comes from recycled plastic bottles.

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    Locate suppliers of recycled carpet. Since manufacturers still consider recycled carpet a specialty item, you'll have the best luck ordering online. Place your order through Green Floors or FLOR, which make recycled carpet floor tiles.

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    Know that many of the recycled carpets carry the same price tag as traditionally manufactured carpets.

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    Look for government backing. Prior to making your purchase, you'll want to make sure that the product you're buying has gone through inspection. The tag should indicate how much of the carpet has gone through the recycling process. Recycled carpet also has several marketed names including Resistron ISF, Resistron and Permalon.

Tips and warnings

  • After you remove your old carpet, look into ways of recycling it. Use the resource page on the Green Floors website to learn how you can recycle your old carpet.
  • You won't notice a difference in the look or feel of a recycled carpet. However, if you're unsure, you can request a carpet swatch from the supplier.

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