Synthetic area rugs and carpets commonly off-gas toxic, harmful VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) into the air. These VOC’s can be emitted from both the synthetic fibers that make up the rug pile and the synthetic glues used in the backing. Who wants to breathe that stuff? VOC’s can cause a multitude of unpleasant symptoms including eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea and dizziness. Whether one suffers from allergies, has a sensitive respiratory system or not—choosing a natural fiber area rug which does not off-gas is a positive choice that helps create a healthier environment in your home. Jute area rugs are highly recommended for Eczema skin condition.
PROTECT OUR PLANET
Natural fibers have been used by mankind for millennia to create a myriad of useful products. It makes perfect sense that in the pre-industrial world this would be so. Natural fibers were used because they were available and plentiful. But, in our sophisticated, post-industrial society why does there seem to be a rekindled interest in products made from natural fibers? We have a few thoughts on the subject.
Most in society agree that global warming is happening. However, the harm that the human race has done to our natural world is reversible—at least to an extent. If we delay modifications to our behavior and practices we do so at the peril of future generations and ourselves. Choosing products made from natural fibers instead of synthetic fibers is a small step towards reversing man-made damage to our planet but it’s an important one.
Consider this comparison of natural fibers and synthetic fibers. Synthetic fibers create a myriad of disposal problems for communities worldwide. They release heavy metals and other additives into soil and groundwater when they are disposed of in landfills. Recycling can be expensive and time-consuming. Incineration produces dangerous pollutants and, in the case of high-density polyethylene, 3 tons of carbon dioxide emissions for every ton of material burnt. Substantial amounts of carbon dioxide are also released into the atmosphere during production of synthetic fibers.
In stark contrast, natural fibers are naturally and easily decomposed with the help of universal fungi and bacteria. Natural fibers can also be composted to improve soil structure or incinerated with no harmful emissions and release of no more carbon dioxide than the fibers absorbed during their lifetimes. Furthermore, one ton of jute fiber production absorbs as much as 2.4 tons of carbon dioxide1. Since carbon dioxide is the most destructive greenhouse gas on the planet and largely responsible for the growing hole in our ozone layer this bit of information illustrates but one significant reason to choose natural fibers.
About Natural Fibers
JUTEJute is a soft, flexible and hard wearing fiber that is well-suited to a natural area rug or floor covering material. Jute Long, soft and shiny fibers are among the strongest, most flexible vegetable fibers.
WoolWool is very resilient and its texture allows it to quickly recover from crushing or indenting caused by footsteps or furniture. This natural resilience also keeps the rug looking new and fresh for longer periods of time.
SISALRugs made from Sisal are strong and beautiful, and can be a lasting addition to a living room, bedroom, office, or hallway, because of its unique advantages.
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