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The World’s First Soy Carpet

by Justin Thomas •

The world’s first soy carpet has been produced by an Australian company, Customweave. Frank Ricco, the developer of a luxury line of rugs and carpets, describes the texture as a combination of cashmere, velvet and alpaca. Like most other products made with soy, the fiber comes from the “waste” left after processing soy beans. China produces about 14 million tonnes …

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Efficient: Wool Carpets by Nature’s Carpet

by Justin Thomas •

Wool carpeting is excellent: it’s durable, stain resistant, and completely biodegradable. It has a high initial cost, but the quality of the material justifies the investment. Nature’s Carpet offers all wool carpets. They only buy wool clipped from sheep raised where no herbicides or pesticides are used. The fiber is tested regularly for purity. The wool is washed, spun and …

2Faced by Lees Carpets

by Justin Thomas •

Lees Carpets is introducing a new line of eco-friendly carpets called 2Faced, which were recently chosen as product of the month by Architectural Record. 2Faced carpets are tufted in such as way that they appear to change colors, depending on your perspective (see photo above).

100% Biodegradable Carpeting: Earthweave

by Justin Thomas •

Earthweave is wool carpeting constructed entirely of natural materials. The wool is raw and naturally pigmented. It is held in place with hemp or cotton (not the usual polyproylene). No chemical bonds, dyes and other agents are used. The backings of carpets are usually the worst kind of air quality offenders. Earthweave backing is made from jute, and is held …

Virgin Wool Rugs Available from L.L. Bean

by Justin Thomas •

These rugs are 95% virgin wool (a renewable resource), and reportedly very durable and colorfast. They are handwoven using flat braids by Capel in North Carolina. The cost is $80 to $570. They are available in nine colors and seven different sizes. Capel also makes other carpets woven from renewable material. Available from: L.L. Bean Lead from: Apartment Therapy

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Renewable, Modular Carpet Tiles: FLOR

by Justin Thomas •

“Interface FLOR” carpet tiles are made from renewable materials that can recycled easily. They are also built to be modular: if an accident happens, you can clean them in the sink put them back on the floor. They are held down by “low tack” adhesive dots. You can also create new designs by rearranging the tiles.