NATURAL FIBERS: The media is full of green statements and mixed messages about green products … We hear of many efforts that sound good, but most come with hidden environmental costs which are rarely discussed. Recycling is a good example. It takes barrels of petroleum to collect and sort post-consumer waste, not to mention the millions of kilowatts needed to recycle carpet back into carpet or to up-cycle plastic bottles into floor covering. So, why not choose a product that is natural from the start?
Among our floor covering selections are weaves that are made from sisal, seagrass, mountain grass, coir and wool. All of which are renewable, sustainable and biodegradable. The growers we work with have been practicing their craft for centuries with respect for their land and their people. These crops are part of an ecosystem that supports life, sustains their culture and betters our future. It’s what being green really means.
When it comes to the environment, the difference between natural and synthetic materials is vast. Synthetic fibers are man-made from plastic, and most plastic is made from oil. Even though there is a significant market for recycled plastics, most plastic material is not biodegradable and will remain in the landfill. Increased use of plant fibers and animal hairs like seagrass, sisal, mountain grass, coir and wool can make a dramatic difference in reducing oil consumption. If you are looking for quality, durability and an environmentally friendly alternative to synthetic carpet and rugs, look to us for the best in natural fiber floor coverings.