If you’re buying a new rug for your home, consider reducing your carbon footprint by buying a sustainable rug. The textiles industry is a massive contributor to carbon emissions – every year 80% of textiles bought end up in landfill. So it makes sense to buy materials that can be composted or are made from recycled materials.
Natural materials such as wool and hemp are biodegradable, so a good choice:
There are also some amazing rugs available now made from re-cycled plastic, and they are very reasonably priced. It’s great that these companies are getting plastic bottles out of our oceans and making them into something suprisingly beautiful, soft and practical. Worldwide we now use a million plastic bottles a minute – that certainly isn’t sustainable
Weaver Green textiles look and feel like wool but are waterproof, mould resistant, easy to clean and hard wearing. With great environmentally friendly credentials these rugs are made by skilled adults, who are paid fairly and enjoy comfortable and fair working conditions, using weaving houses endorsed and inspected by Good Weave. GoodWeave is a charity that works to stop child labour in the carpet and rug industry in countries such as India and Nepal.
Weaver Green will take back your rugs to re-cycle when you have finished with them, so this truly is a 'cradle to cradle' product, where the end of its life is considered an important stage in the re-cycling process.
Another interesting sustainable textile for rugs is Tencel, made from raw wood pulp. It is amazingly soft and luxurious and also very durable.
It’s hard for sustainable producers to compete with non-sustainable companies who manufacture on a larger scale. If we all try to buy more sustainable products when possible, then eventually production would increase, prices would come down, and more people could afford these products.