Interior Decorating | Flooring

 

 

Green Building Supply

green building supplyThis site sells ONLY flooring that is non-toxic and safe for the environment. All are made with no added urea formaldehyde in the adhesives and zero VOCs in the finishes. Most have third party certification and comply with European standards and exceed CARB2. In addition, all (except the wool) are made from sustainably harvested forests, many are FSC certified and most contain recycled content or come from reclaimed sources. Choices include hardwood, bamboo, cork, natural linoleum (Marmoleum), wool carpet, underlayment, moldings, tools and accessories. All have been personally tested by the company and used by many with MCS for the past 25 years.

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Organic and Healthy

The most non-toxic carpeting and area rugs on the market, made from 100% natural materials: Earth Weave’s Bio-Floor Collection and Nature’s Carpet “Dark Green” line. Also 100% natural wool carpet padding and 100% natural rubber rug grippers. “Wool carpeting is wonderful because the scales on wool fibers hold onto dirt until it is vacuumed away, which helps the carpet and your home stay cleaner. And these fibers absorb airborne pollutants, so wool carpeting can actually help clean the air in your home!” Plus wool carpet typically lasts 2 to 3 times as long as synthetics. “We bring you non-toxic products that we have researched for use in our own home to protect our family, in hopes of helping you create a cleaner indoor environment for you and your loved ones.”

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Carousel Carpet Mills

This is one of the first natural carpet companies I found back in the early 1980s. They sent me a sample of their 100% cotton carpet and it was beautiful, lush, and thick. They have “a 37-year history of producing made-to-order, hand-crafted, extremely high quality carpets and area rugs. Inherently green and recyclable natural materials are employed by the artisans at Carousel’s northern Georgia mill. They produce a range of custom carpets and area rugs in wool, cotton, linen, and jute with a wide variety of patterns and textures. Interior designs featuring Carousel’s “Made in the U.S.A.” products have graced the covers and pages of Architectural Digest, House & Garden, Metropolitan Home, Interior Design, House Beautiful, and Elle. Their ongoing mission is to design and manufacture the finest custom carpets, area rugs, and tapestries in the world.” 

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SoftTiles

These interlocking soft foam mats are a perfect for any room that needs a soft floor (think child's room, workout area). They are comfortable to stand on and protects falling babies and kids from injury. Made from nontoxic EVA foam, tested to be free of formaldehyde, BPA, phthalates. Contains no latex or fire retardants. Completely waterproof. Comes in 1 and 2 foot square and two thicknesses. Every color of the rainbow, plus wood grain, flower insets, and letters so you can spell your child's name. Let your imagination run wild! Only $1.45 a square foot. Free samples. [Note, I ordered some samples, and when they arrived, they did have a slight odor. I spoke with the owner and he said the odor dissipates within a week, when you open the box and spread the tiles around. It's not a toxic exposure, just an odor that some people may not tolerate.]

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Nature’s Carpet

Carpet "made from all natural, biodegradable high quality wool, natural jute backings and natural bonding agents utilizing renewable resources. The wool fibre was obtained from sheep raised in isolated organically fertilized fields. Complete absence of chemicals at every stage of manufacture." Lab-tested for health effects by Anderson Laboratories and found safe for individuals with multiple chemical sensitivities. "Nature's carpet provides a surface so pure and chemical-free one can literally sleep on it and be worry-free!" Manfactured by Colin Campbell & Sons.

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Sustainable Flooring

A comprehensive line of bamboo and cork flooring products, sold by a unique "green" cooperative venture between a successful manufacturer of bamboo, and cork, respectively. They offer manufacturer-direct access to high quality bamboo and cork flooring products in various shades, with "incredible pricing." Provides samples.

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Forbo Linoleum NA

Natural linoleum made from linseed oil, rosins, and wood flour, on a natural jute backing. This tough, yet beautiful, floor covering prevents bacteria from multiplying, reduces the accumulation of dust, and has naturally occuring anti-static properties. Comes in a wide range of natural colors.

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Fortis Arbor Wood Mosaics

These beautiful little wood tiles (1"x1" and 1"x2") are handcrafted from solid bamboo, teak, and rosewood, obtained from a small, family-owned furniture workshop in Thailand. Most are made from wood pieces too small for making furniture, which would have otherwise been thrown away or burned. Can be used in any interior application–floors, walls, back splashes, counterops, and fireplace surrounds.

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FLOR

FLOR modular carpet flooring system allows you to create rugs or wall-to-wall carpeting of any size. Because the carpet comes in modular pieces, there is less waste in cutting to size and worn spots can be pulled up and replaced without removing the entire carpet. Worn carpet pieces are accepted by the manufacturer for recycling and recycled back into new carpet. Comes in a variety of colors, textures, and patterns to suit any decor.

Choose from several different types of material:

  • Recycled nylon–Recycled content varies from style-to-style–the more carpet they receive through their recycling program, the higher the percentage of recycled nylon in the new carpet. Most of the recycled nylon is used in the backing, which is a recyclable, vinyl-composite backing manufactured with the recycled content ASG filler (Aluminum Silicate Glass, a post-consumer waste product).
  • "Half-and-half"–Terra collection is made of nylon and Polylactic Acid (PLA) face-fiber, derived from corn, a bio-based, rapidly renewable resource.
  • Natural and renewable–Heartfelt collection is made from a blend of hemp and wool. Coir2 ("Coir Squared") collection is a Coir and Sisal blend.

Designed to be the lowest VOC emitting products in the industry, they meet or exceed the following guidelines:

  1. Carpet and Rug Institute's (CRI) Indoor Air Quality Testing Program
  2. State of Washington Protocol
  3. Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) Indoor Air Quality Test – Section 1350.

The backing of all FLOR tiles are treated with a low-toxicity antimicrobial to inhibit stain and odor causing molds and bacteria FLOR tiles are secured to the floor surface with low-tact, nontoxic adhesive dots in each corner, so there are no fumes from toxic adhesives.

FLOR modular floorcovering was developed and is manufactured by Interface, a company who has made a strong commitment to sustainability (see www.interfacesustainability.com to read one of the best corporate reports I've seen regarding a company's commitment to, understanding of, and practice of sustainability on a mass market scale.)

NOTE: None of this information appears on their website. It is taken from personal correspondence with the company.

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Earth Weave Carpet Mills

Broadloom and area rugs made from undyed, untreated wool. The wool is held in place by a hemp/cotton “primary”, a natural rubber adhesive, and a secondary backing made of natural jute. The result is a completely nontoxic, renewable and biodegradable carpet with no added chemicals. Carpets are tufted, textured loop construction. Yarns of various natural colors give interesting varigated textures in greys and browns. Carpet pad is wool needled into a cotton backing “We urge our customers to recycle it to the garden where it will safely biodegrade while serving as an effective weed barrier and mulch.

Listen to my interview with Earth Weave Carpet Mills Founder James Stinnett.

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