We are looking at carpet. I hear Smartstrand is a good choice. Would you concur?
We're very concerned about VOCs and can't afford wool. We also have pets and would like a durable carpet.
There are several factors to consider when selecting environmentally friendly carpeting.
Manufacturing: Are the raw materials that go into the product environmentally beneficial or at the very least neutral? Is production an energy intensive endeavor?
- SmartStrand is partially comprised of corn, a renewable resource which ultimately reduces the product's reliance on petroleum based ingredients.
- Mohawk, as a company, has demonstrated a commitment to reducing energy and water consumption in the production of its products which ultimately reduces the products carbon footprint.
Durability: High durability means less frequent replacement and less fodder for the landfills.
- An internet search reveals that SmartStrand has a reputation for being durable.
Indoor Air Quality: Does the product off-gas toxic chemicals?
- SmartStrand has earned the Carpet & Rug Institutes third party Green Label Plus certification for low emissions.
End of Life options: What are your disposal options at the end of the carpet's
useful life? There are currently very few recycling programs in the US for carpet but this is changing…slowly.
- Mohawk currently does not have a “take back” program.
- Interface, makers of Flor carpet tiles, have a take back program whereby consumers can return worn out carpet to the manufacturer for recycling.
The inability to recycle carpet is a primary factor why consumers often choose
another flooring material that either has a longer life expectancy or is recyclable at the end of its useful life.
For more information:
Read "I want low VOC carpet to replace my old carpeting. What are the best -- and least toxic -- conventional choices?" a Q&A answered by William Janhonen.
Also, David Rodriguez recommends SmartStrand and three other CRI Green Label carpets in this Q&A "I need to find low-toxic carpet for my rental apartment. What are some reliable brands?"