The Best Green Flooring Products for Your Family
PET BCF Polyester Plastic Carpet
PET BCF Polyester Carpet is manufactured using recycled plastic bottles made with polyethylene terephthalate, also known as PET. The BCF portion stands for Bulked Continuous Filament, which describes the construction of the carpet yarn.
Mohawk alone reclaims 3 billion plastic bottles each year to manufacture its PET BCF polyester plastic carpets. The bottles are ground into tiny pieces and melted into chips which are then converted into the fibers used to make its EverStrand carpets. Over 1 billion pounds of plastic bottles have been kept out of landfills since 1999 thanks to this recycling effort, and about 35% of carpet in the US today contains recycled plastic.
Shaw’s Cleartouch carpet is also a BCF PET carpet that contains recycled content. The product is composed of a continuous filament fiber that offers the attributes of polyester plus excellent appearance retention, exceptional softness, and long-term wear.
Beaulieu’s GreenSMART is a technologically advanced process of recycling soft drink and water bottles into carpet. GreenSMART PET fibers are inherently resistant to stains, mildew, and abrasion. This stain resistance is actually part of the fiber and is also resistant to the wear that comes from accumulated soils. This manufacturing process reduced mill manufacturing energy usage by fifty percent and Beaulieu recovers 1.6 million plastic bottles each year to produce its GreenSMART PET products.
Used carpet that is made with nylon 6 fibers can be recycled into particles which are remanufactured into brand new nylon carpet. This recycling process, which can be repeated numerous times, prevents these nylon carpets from ever reaching landfills.
Shaw’s Evergreen facility is a nylon recycling operation based in Augusta, GA. Evergreen recycles both commercial and residential grade type 6 nylon products, and in 2009 alone, the facility recycled over 100 million pounds of nylon carpet. Even the co-product produced during the manufacturing process is used to power boilers at a partner company in Cartersville, GA. Any remaining mineral matter then goes into Shaw’s EcoWorx carpet tile backing.
One of the primary ingredients in Mohawk’s Smartstrand carpet is made from corn sugar, a renewable resource. The Sorona production process requires 30% less energy than it would to produce the same amount of nylon. Every seven yards of Smartstrand carpet made with the Sorona polymer results in an energy and resource savings equivalent to one gallon of gasoline.
Wool carpet is considered a “green” product because it only takes 5 years to biodegrade, 100 years less than the average synthetic carpet. America’s Floor Source carries several brands of wool carpet, including Stanton, J.Mish, Design Materials, and Fabrica.
Cork is harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree every seven to fifteen years when it naturally starts to split. Harvesting doesn’t cause any damage to the tree or the surrounding habitat. The bark regenerates every 10 years, and some cork trees are known to still produce bark at the age of 200 years. Cork can also be produced from the waste product of cork wine stoppers.America’s Floor Source carries several brands of cork flooring, including APC Cork and US Floors.
Bamboo is one of the planet’s fastest growing plants and can be harvested every three to six years, offering 25 times the harvest yield of hardwood. By harvesting bamboo instead of hardwood, over-harvesting of forests is reduced, helping to protect our planet’s climate and environment. In addition, the type of bamboo used for flooring is not the kind consumed by pandas, so these creatures are not affected by bamboo harvesting. America’s Floor Source carries several brands of bamboo flooring, including Teragren, Bella Cera, and Style.
Recycled Rubber Flooring
Recycled rubber floors are made from rubber tires, and this recycling process significantly reduces landfill and energy usage.America’s Floor Source carries a complete selection of rubber flooring.