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New Green Label Rugs and Carpeting that that will not make you Sick
Choosing Non Toxic Carpeting and Rugs
Choosing to carpet your home with traditional synthetic wall-to-wall carpet, the kind that smells so strongly when you first get it home, may be harming both you and the environment. Synthetic carpet incorporates as many as 120 neurotoxic chemicals, which make up that “ new carpet smell”. Many of these chemical substances have been linked to health problems such as allergies, burning eyes, nose and sinuses, asthma, and difficulty concentrating.
These chemicals, including formaldehyde, benzene, toluene, xylene, are found in the carpet fibers, rubber backing, glues, fungicides, dyes, and stain resistant treatments that are applied to a new synthetic carpet.
Out-gassing, the process of the chemicals turning into gas and entering the environment from new carpet, occurs at high levels for up to three years after installation. The most dangerous stage of out-gassing is from four weeks to three months after installation. Fortunately, you don't have to give up your good health for the comfort of a cushy carpet. Natural rugs made from wool, industrial hemp, cotton, and jute, manufactured without additives, offer nontoxic carpeting options that will not contribute to the health problems of you and your family.
Natural fibers lack noxious out-gases and other pollutants that cause suffering in sensitive individuals. Natural carpets of wool and cotton come in a variety of soft, comfortable styles and colors including berber and velvet.
Purchase carpeting that contains the “Green Label and Green Label Plus” seal from the Carpet and Rug Institute. Green Label and Green Label Plus ensure that customers are purchasing among the lowest emitting carpet, adhesive and cushion products on the market.