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How To Find A Non-Toxic Carpet For Your Office

The non-toxic carpets have low VOC emission and ensureto maintain good indoor air quality, making them one of the go-to solutions for the flooring of commercial and workspaces.

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Climate change leading to various disruptions in the working of the natural ecosystem has long been a hot topic for debates and discussions. Misuse of resources, increased use of plastic, unsafe garbage disposal along with various factors all contribute to the degradation of the environment. However, out of all the causes, plastic use and its unwise disposal seem to be one of the major threats to the environment.

Depleting the availability of fresh water and degrading its quality, discarded plastic may pose a threat to marine life. Various reports by leading environment conservation organizations suggest that ocean acidification is a major issue. Approximately 5.25 trillion macro and micro-plastic pieces are present in the oceans and out of these 8 million pieces enter deep into the ocean. This makes 88% of the sea surface to be polluted by plastic waste. Going by this rate, by the end of 2050, there will be more plastic in the water bodies than fish.

Non-toxic carpets are the new fad

Understanding the criticality of the situation and keeping the aspect of environmental conservation into consideration, businesses have come up with product innovations that are technologically advanced, environmentally friendly, and are available at affordable pricing. One of the products making its way and ruling the environment safe category is non-toxic carpets, especially for commercial usage.

Non-toxic or eco-friendly carpet is the latest trend in the market, especially for commercial usages. The increased competition has led to the adoption of sustainable living and the use of non-toxic products by the corporates has also witnessed a surge. Owing to the green revolution and sustainable living being the new trend, workplaces are now inclined towards choosing and implementing the use of non-toxic carpet.

Created from natural raw and renewable materials like cotton, jute, bamboo, wool, etc., they help save the environment. However, there are also certain types that are prepared with recyclable materials and enable wide use of such products. They offer the same benefits as those prepared with natural raw materials and hence fall in the category of eco-friendly products. A prominent example of this are carpets prepared with 100% recycled PET plastic bottles. They are usually available under the category of PET backed carpet and can be purchased in nylon and wool variants offering the best usage for commercial and office purposes. These are increasingly preferred in the workplace as they offerresistancefrom stain and abrasion and also offer low moisture absorption along with meeting sustainable living standards.

The backing of the carpet tile also extends the ‘natural’ tag and are bonded using non-toxic low volatile organic compound adhesive.

Considering that we spend a major chunk of our time indoors, indoor air quality is an important element of environmental consideration. The non-toxic carpets have low VOC emission and ensureto maintain good indoor air quality, making them one of the go-to solutions for the flooring of commercial and workspaces.

Owing to their organic nature, the eco-friendly carpets help improve the indoor air quality and maintain the health of the employees,thus increasing operational productivity. In addition, the inherent ability to eliminate dust mites, mold, mildew, and bacteria from evolving will avoid the chanceof skin and nasal allergy.

Green Label Plus: The leading program ensuring the provision of top-notch non-toxic carpets

There are various environment dedicated firms that work with a vision to create a better and healthy indoor environment by offering eco-friendly varieties of carpets for offices. These firms set high standards of IAQ and ensure the provision of top-notch low emitting products especially carpets into workplaces.

One of the organizations dedicating itself to the provision of non-toxic carpets for commercial buildings is Green Label Plus (GLP). It is an independent testing program that identifies carpets with low VOCs emission that further help in improving the indoor air quality. An extension of the CRI Green Label Carpet testing program, it ensures high-end lowest emitting eco-friendly products. They provide premium non-toxic carpets specifically designed for commercial usage.

Choosing the right non-toxic carpet for your office

While choosing the right non-toxic carpet for your office, always ensure to consider the above-mentioned factors- the eco-friendly raw material, the manufacturing process certification, the backing of the carpet tile, the installation, along with the indoor air quality index and certification by Green Label Plus.

By purchasing such non-toxic carpets, you contribute to ensuring a living, working, healthy environment. The environment-friendly varieties help instill wellness and sustainable living. Made with recyclable packaging and eco-friendly manufacturing methods, they are durable and high on performance. They come with an extended shelf life and offer various health benefits along with the improved quality of indoor air.

Taking forward the eco-friendly trend, Carpets Inter, one of the leading carpets brands’ EcoSoft collection is one of its kind high-performance and environmentally friendly carpet tile cushion backing. Its recycled cushion backing (recycled PET carpet tile backing) differentiates it from the other players in the market and makes it one of the best non-toxic carpet options for workplaces to choose from.

Summing Up

The material with which the carpet is made, the low VOC chemicals used in its manufacturing along with the materials used for its installation are all the factors that make the carpet toxic or non-toxic. Non-conformant synthetic carpets may pose a major risk to health owing to the increased use of chemicals in their production. Hence, non-toxic carpets certified under GLP rule the market owing to their eco-friendly characteristic.

Choosing the right one isn’t tough but the decision should be made wisely post considering all the requisite factors of its eco-friendly characteristic, indoor air quality index, and certification by Green Label Plus. Brands increasingly prefer the production of such materials owing to their rising demand.Organizations have also realized the importance of non-toxic carpets and prefer the same to not only enhance their décor but also to extend a message of leading a healthy life.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in the article above are those of the authors' and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of this publishing house. Unless otherwise noted, the author is writing in his/her personal capacity. They are not intended and should not be thought to represent official ideas, attitudes, or policies of any agency or institution.

Richard Morris

Global Business Director, Carpets Inter

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