Nature’s Carpet: Warm, Fuzzy…Sustainable!
Vancouver’s LEED certified Olympic Village “Millennium Water” condos, the posh Cileo condos on Vancouver’s west end, multiple projects by Canada’s master designer Sarah Richardson and now the Rocky River Green Home – what do all of these locations have in common? They all trust their floor covering needs to Nature’s Carpet. Located in the heart of Vancouver’s Railtown Design District, Nature’s Carpet has crafted a way for homeowners to enjoy the opulence of magnificent rugs and carpeting without housing the guilt of the manufacturing process.
Like most manufacturing, the flooring industry has relied on oil to produce their products, something our society is slowly getting away from. According to Nature’sCarpet.com, it takes approximately one gallon of oil to produce three square feet of carpeting. It was reported in the 2010 U.S. Census that the average size of the American home was 2169 square feet (stay with me here). This means it would take 723 gallons of oil to carpet the average home in America today. It’s a staggering amount of oil which could fill almost 43 tanks of gas in the average sized Sedan. This is where Nature’s Carpet felt it was time for a change.
Nature’s Carpet developed a way to produce quality floor covering and cut out the oil consumption almost completely. Instead of using traditional materials like polyester and polypropylene, they do it by using wool. All of the floor covering Nature’s Carpet is 100% New Zealand wool, a highly renewable resource, that does no harm to the environment. The backing system used is made from Jute, a Hemp-like material that is just as durable but, as their website comically states, “not as much fun.” With no added chemicals or dyes, the majority of Nature’s Carpet wool is manufactured in their ISO accredited mills in Australia and Denmark and is then distributed internationally. Because their carpets and rugs are made from natural, renewable resources, Nature’s Carpet products are fully biodegradable. While it takes approximately 500 years for traditional carpeting to breakdown after it’s deposited into a landfill where it only takes their carpeting 1-5 years.
With terms like “green” and “renewable” being thrown around today, how does John Q. Homeowner decipher all of the information out there? Nature’s Carpet devised a rating scale for consumers to easily navigate their way through the buying process – it’s called the Green Spectrum. The Green Spectrum details the difference between their Dark Green line of rugs and carpet and the rest of their products. Their sense of transparency shows Nature’s Carpet is making every step to supply the world with the safest, environmentally conscious flooring available today and their efforts have not gone unnoticed.
For their dedication to the environment both in the home as well as out, Nature’s Carpet has been certified by Carpet and Rug Institute with their Green Label Plus certification, signifying Nature’s Carpet’s products “pass stringent tests of chemical emissions,” keeping harmful toxins out of their carpeting and out of consumer’s homes. Along with the CRI award, their flooring promotes LEED points on all of their products making the choice for safer, sustainable carpeting an easy one.
The Fischback’s only thought of one name when it came time to select a carpeting supplier who’s environmental vision and commitment were aligned with their own – Nature’s Carpet. For over 20 years in the floor covering business, Nature’s Carpet continues to lead the march against the harmful practices of our past and usher in advanced thinking and innovative execution while delivering exceptional carpeting – one square foot at a time.
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