WHY IS CARPET AN INDOOR AIR QUALITY PROBLEM?
Like many other household products and furnishings, new carpet can be a source of chemical emissions. Carpet emits volatile organic compounds, as do products that accompany carpet installation such as adhesives and padding. Some people report symptoms such as eye, nose and throat irritation; headaches; skin irritations; shortness of breath or cough; and fatigue, which they may associate with new carpet installation. Carpet can also act as a "sink" for chemical and biological pollutants including pesticides, dust mites, and fungi.
Additional Concerns- Traditional carpets are treated with Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) as a successful effort to reduce fire-related injury and property damage. Recently, concern for this emerging class of chemicals has risen because of the occurrence of several classes of BFRs in the environment and in human biota. The widespread production and use of BFRs ; strong evidence of increasing contamination of the environment, wildlife, and people ; and limited knowledge of potential effects heighten the importance of identifying emerging issues associated with the use of BFRs.
On another note- Each day, American consumers use and discard millions of plastic soft drink containers made with top quality PET (polyethylene terephthalate) as required by the US Food & Drug Administration. Fortunately, ecofinishes® has perfected a way to recycle these plastic containers into beautiful, luxurious—and durable—carpets. Recycled PET creates one of the strongest man-made fibers available and is remarkably stain-resistant. In fact, fibers made of recycled PET are superior to other synthetic fibers used to make many of today’s carpet yarns.
In the recycling process, used PET bottles are sorted, ground, melted and extruded into fiber, which is then spun into carpet yarn.
Our carpets are made with either 100%or 20% recycled PET polyester and has a scotchguard protector and stain release. They are not treated with BFR's because the product will melt but will not catch fire. By removing BFR's from our carpet we are eliminating the concern listed above.