"Green" Carpet

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Fact Sheet

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Carpet is the most common floor covering in homes today due to low cost, comfort, and
availability of multiple colors and patterns.  Carpet is often made from petroleum-based fibers like nylon or olefin, attached to a synthetic backing with an adhesive.  “Green” carpet includes natural fibers such as wool, jute, sisal, sea grass, coir or recycled PET (polyester) plastic.

Download this document from Build It Green to learn about "Green" carpet sources and the following advantages over conventional carpet materials:

  • Natural fibers
  • Low VOCs
  • Natural stain resistance
  • Natural jute backing
  • Lower offgassing of toxic chemicals
  • Made with recycled content
  • Comparable in price to standard carpeting
  • Potentially contributes to obtaining credits in LEED certification program

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