A recent report revealed 75% of consumers take sustainability into account when making purchases. Your commercial flooring choice represents an opportunity to make your business more eco-friendly. When you buy commercial carpet, you take a step towards environmental sustainability. Learn why Floor Coverings International’s commercial carpet in Philadelphia is an eco-friendly choice for your business.
The carpet industry today has heard the environmental concerns of customers and responded accordingly. Today, almost all carpets are certified as Green Label Plus, which means they have been tested to ensure they release the lowest amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) possible. The rigorous testing process meets or exceeds emissions standards and is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
Carpets that are certified as Green Label Plus are recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council as meeting their LEED version 4 standard. This is because it meets the Low-Emitting Materials Third Party Certification, meaning these carpet floorings can contribute one point to a building’s LEED score. Using carpet made from recycled materials can also earn additional LEED credits.
An important environmental consideration for any flooring is air quality. Carpet, despite popular misconceptions, improves air quality in a building. Carpet collects allergens and dust that would otherwise be floating in the air, trapping them until they can be safely vacuumed up.
Furthermore, carpet manufacturers have been meeting new standards in air quality. The smell that many people associate with carpet comes from the emission of 4-phenylcyclohexene (4-PCH), which is a chemical byproduct of the manufacturing process. Advancements in carpet flooring manufacturing have addressed this problem; new methods and processes have reduced 4-PCH levels by over 80%.
As one of several steps taken to be more environmentally-friendly, the carpet industry is now voluntarily reducing carpet waste in landfills. Through initiatives such as the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), private and public sector entities are teaming up to find ways to recover, reuse, and recycle post-consumer carpet to promote environmental sustainability in an unprecedented way. Investing in commercial carpet means investing in a sustainable industry that continues to find market-based, environmental solutions.
If you’re considering whether or not to buy commercial carpet, consider the environmental benefits of carpet flooring. To learn more about commercial carpet sustainability or schedule a consultation, please call Floor Coverings International today!
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