Yes, there are many eco-friendly carpets on the market today and they come in all styles, colors, and constructions.

This kind of carpet is made with natural products, such as corn glucose; that replaces petroleum and takes much less energy to produce. Some carpet is even made from recycled plastic water bottles. A rug with natural fibers, such as cotton or wool, may also qualify.

Green is also defined by the kinds of materials used in the manufacturing process, such as non-emitting VOC (volatile organic compounds) adhesives, water-based glues or just tacking the carpet down.

These have a low environmental impact. Fewer chemicals and non-emitting gasses mean better indoor air quality.  At the same time, they have just as much durability, stain resistance, and appealing textures as any other soft surface.

Delair’s Carpet Barn boasts a large product inventory and highly skilled installers.  For carpet flooring in East Montpelier Vermont, look no further than us.

What are VOCs

 VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are gasses that can wreak havoc with health, creating nausea, headaches, lethargy, and exacerbating allergies and asthma. Do you know that "new car smell" we all love so much?  When it's in carpet, that can be a VOC from one of the binders and it can last up to a week after installation--for you to inhale.

How do I make sure the rug is eco-friendly?

  1. 1. Look at the label to explore the contents.  Also, see if it’s been certified by the Carpet & Rug Institute; it will have a little greenhouse logo. Other possible certifications are from Green Label and Green Label Plus, U.S. EPA Design for the Environment, and Greenguard Indoor Air Quality.
  2. 2. Make sure the padding is made from felt, cotton or some other natural and recycled material. Avoid padding with styrene-butadiene rubber, which is a chemical.
  3. 3. Air out the carpet before installing it.  Most flooring retailers do this but check to be sure.
  4. 4. Make sure you use non-toxic adhesives.
  5. 5. Be well-versed in cleaning procedures to avoid harsh chemicals.

To learn more about sustainable carpet or any of our other products or services, visit the Delair’s Carpet Barn showroom in East Montpelier, Vermont.  The family-owned company has been serving Central Vermont for over 40 years and services East Montpelier, Morrisville, Stowe, Waterbury, VT. We provide free estimates.