Sustainability has become a major consideration in all areas of our lives, as we look to collectively lessen our environmental impact. And that includes just about everywhere in our homes – even what covers our floors. Yes, rugs can be made of all sorts of earth-friendly materials. So we’re showing you everything you need to know about sustainable rugs (plus the best options for every space).
Rugs are a great way to add texture, color, and warmth to any space. They not only provide comfort underfoot, but they also add a decorative element to a room. However, it’s important to consider the environmental impact of the rugs we choose. And sustainable rugs are a great way to ensure that your home is not only beautiful – but also eco-friendly. So let us teach you everything you need to know about sustainable rugs – and the best options for every space!
For more info on rugs, check out our handy guides: How To Choose The Right Rug and The Mistakes You Might Be Making When Purchasing A Rug.
What Are Sustainable Rugs?
Sustainable rugs are made with environmentally friendly materials and production processes. They are designed to minimize their impact on the environment while still providing a high-quality product and can be made from a variety of materials, including natural fibers like wool, jute, sisal, and bamboo, as well as recycled materials like plastic bottles and reclaimed textiles.
How To Choose Sustainable Rugs
When choosing sustainable rugs, there are a few key things to consider. First, look for rugs made from natural fibers or recycled materials. Avoid rugs made from synthetic materials like nylon and polyester, which are not biodegradable and can take hundreds of years to decompose in a landfill. You should also look for rugs made using eco-friendly production processes, such as low water usage, reduced chemical use, and minimal waste generation. Finally, consider the longevity of the rug. Sustainable rugs are often more durable and long-lasting than traditional rugs, which means they will need to be replaced less frequently. This not only reduces the environmental impact of your rug, but it also saves you money in the long run.
Bobby’s Sustainable Rug Collection
For Bobby’s rug line, two unique sustainable fibers are used in the construction of pieces from the collection.
Everstrand is a fiber made entirely of recycled content. Plastic bottles are crushed, ground into pellets, and then spun into a fiber that becomes the polyester PET material. (Approximately 670 plastic bottles are needed to create an 8′ x 10′ rug!) Besides being sustainable, Evertstrand is also durable and easy to clean, making it an ideal choice for high-traffic rooms.
Smartstrand is a fiber made from corn sugar. It replaces some of the ingredients normally derived from petroleum (a non-renewable resource) and has the added bonus of built-in stain resistance. Plus, every seven yards of SmartStrand saves one gallon of gasoline!
Good for you, Bobby. You are the best. I love you care about our Mother Earth so much – out there coming up with beautiful ways to make a difference. High fives to you, friend. ♥ Keep up the good works. Every baby step takes us in the right direction.