Sustainable Flooring Options: Carpet Tile

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martha_stewart_floor_designs.jpgIf you’re looking for a softer, customizable covering for your floors, modular carpet tiles made from recycled content are a great option.

The versatility of these floors is one advantage. They can be used to create an area rug (or even go from wall to wall) in various sizes, patterns, textures, and colors. These carpet tiles, sized 19.7×19.7 inches square, are suitable for both residential and commercial applications. They have the lowest VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) emissions in the industry.  VOCs produce that “new carpet smell”.

Installation is an easy do-it-yourself project and the carpet tiles are simply maintained by vacuuming. “FLOR carpet tiles are engineered with structural integrity to hug the floor. Every order comes with FLOR’s revolutionary new FLORDots. The FLORDots have notches that guide tile fit and the sticky side stays on the FLOR, not your floor. The result? A floating FLOR.”

Even though the carpet tiles are made from stain resistant materials, stains still need some treatment. When an inevitable stain occurs, the individual tile can be lifted up and rinsed off with water. If a tile gets too damaged, or you get bored with a design, just change out the old tile(s) for new ones!

The parent company of FLOR called Interface, Inc., has made valiant efforts to minimize the environmental impacts of not only its carpet, but also of its manufacturing processes. Most of the company’s factories are powered by renewable energy sources. They’ve significantly reduced the company’s waste and emissions; they use recycled and renewable raw materials; and they’ve also have implemented a Recycle-Return program where they take back old carpet tiles that will be recycled into new products.

Tag(s): Going Green, Green Furnishings


One Response to “Sustainable Flooring Options: Carpet Tile”

  1. David on August 15th, 2008 9:04 pm

    Great post! There was a episode of “Living with Ed” on the green channel where Ed Begley installed some of these in his CA home.

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