Question

Is Mohawk Everstrand carpet BPA-free?

Asked by Cindy
Columbus, OH

I know this product is made from recycled bottles, but is it safe? It gets touted as being green because it uses postconsumer materials, but will it still release BPA in the home?

Answer

Molly McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS

Answered by Molly McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS

Bainbridge Island, WA

A Kitchen That Works LLC

April 27, 2011

Dear Cindy,

After a long conversation with technical support at Mohawk and supplemental follow-up documentation, I am pleased to report that there is no BPA in Mohawk Everstrand carpeting.

BPA, or Bisphenol A, is an organic compound known to be estrogenic and used in the production of a variety of plastics for consumer products. Use of BPA in products such as baby bottles has been banned in Canada and the European Union; the US FDA has published precautions for consumer products that contain BPA.

Mohawk’s Everstrand carpeting is produced from 100% PET or polyethylene terephthalate. According to the National Association of PET Container Resources, PET is a plastic resin and a form of polyester.

  • Polyethylene terephthalate is a polymer that is formed by combining two monomers: modified ethylene glycol and purified terephthalic acid.
  • In simpler terms, PET is recognized as the plastic stamped as #1 on the bottom of bottles and containers, including beverage bottles, salad dressing bottles, peanut butter jars, and household cleaning agents such as dish soap.

For more information, go to the National Association for PET Container Resources

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