When choosing a rug, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the range colours and patterns. There are so many varieties on the market, and in the end, it all comes down to personal choice. Yet, there’s one big factor that’s more important than design, one that many people may never have thought about, and that’s whether or not the rug is eco-friendly.
Eco friendly rugs are made from non-toxic, untreated (or minimally treated) materials. Wool, organic cotton and bamboo are the most popular eco choices because they are natural, recyclable, and biodegradable.
But why is it so important to purchase eco-friendly rugs? They’re much more than a hippie trend and can make an enormous impact on your health and your own immediate environment.
They improve the air quality of your home
The Environmental Protection Agency states that indoor air quality can be worse than the air outdoors, even in busy cities. This is thanks to furniture and other items in the home emitting harmful pollutants.
VOCs, or volatile organic compounds, are found in common household products, including rugs made from synthetic fibres. These chemically-treated fibres release or “off-gas” VOCs into the air you’re breathing in.
Choosing rugs made from natural materials is a good way to offset this and make the air in your home cleaner.
They reduce your environmental impact
The majority of rugs and carpets are made using synthetic fibres which produce high amounts of VOCs. Even of those made from natural fibres, many are still treated with harsh chemicals.
Once these are disposed of, they can have a negative environmental impact. Because of the synthetic fibres, these rugs sit in landfill and take hundreds of years to degrade. Choosing to purchase organic, untreated rugs goes a long way in limiting your carbon footprint and living sustainability.
They can improve your household’s health
Breathing in VOCs commonly result in headaches, nausea, dizziness, and lethargy, as well as eye, nose and throat irritation. There is also increased risk for pregnant women, and those with extended exposure to the toxins can experience damage to the liver and kidneys.
Taking steps to control your health can be as simple as being mindful about what rugs you purchase for your home. Avoid hazardous air substances by choosing an all-natural, eco-friendly rug.
Who knew that you could make your home look great, while at the same time improve the quality of life for you and your family?