carpet recycling walnut creekHomeowners choose carpet for various reasons. Some prefer the comfort and warmth, and others enjoy a carpet’s longevity and timelessness. However, carpet is not typically a first choice for homeowners looking to be eco-friendly. Here at Floor Coverings International Concord, we want to offer you sustainable options for any flooring choice you make. Read below to learn how carpet can be made eco-friendly in your Walnut Creek home!

The Issue

You may wonder why carpet isn’t very eco-friendly in the first place. Carpets are normally made from plastic or synthetic materials, and are non-biodegradable. This means many post-consumer carpet products that go to the landfill stay there for hundreds of years. In fact, about 5 billion pounds of carpet go to the landfill each year. However, there is a solution to this problem that can make carpet a sustainable choice for any home.

Carpet Recycling

Since carpet is commonly made from plastic, it makes an ideal candidate for recycling. One of our partners, Shaw Floors, has a network of carpet reclaiming facilities nationwide. Shaw’s Evergreen Carpet Recycling Facility has reclaimed an average of 100 million pounds of post-consumer carpet each year. Carpet can be recycled into plastic resin, which is used in products that range from roofing to machine parts to more carpet!

Your Role

By making sure your old carpet is recycled, you can help keep waste from landfills, and you can help reduce the amount of oil drilled from the ground for the production of new plastic products. When having carpet removed, be sure to inform your installer that you wish to have it recycled. Your installer will be able to take it to the correct recycling facility. When installing new carpet, you may consider looking at recycled carpet. We offer a large selection of recycled nylon carpet through Shaw Floors. Their nylon 6 carpets are easily recycled over and over again, which significantly helps to reduce the amount of waste the carpet industry creates.

Call Your Local Carpet Experts Today!

Whether you’re interested in our eco-friendly flooring or looking for ways to make your carpet use more sustainable, our experts at Floor Coverings International Concord can help. Call us today for a free in-home consultation, and learn more about our recycled carpet selection for your Walnut Creek home. We proudly serve the greater Concord, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, & Martinez, CA areas!


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