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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Eliminating Toxics in Carpet: Lessons for the Future of Recycling

Title:
Eliminating Toxics in Carpet: Lessons for the Future of Recycling

Abstract:
Most flooring sold in the U.S. is carpet. Carpets hold a 60 percent share of the U.S. flooring market, with 11 billion square feet sold per year. Of that, only five percent is recycled. Most carpet is highly complex, contains toxic chemicals, and is difficult to recycle. The California legislature recently mandated that carpet recycling rates more than double from 2015 to 2020. Optimally, the industry will accomplish these rates by recycling old carpet into new carpet without reintroducing legacy toxic chemicals. Achieving this optimization requires a combination of strategies, including product transparency, recycled feedstock screening, and less toxic carpet design. Carpet manufacturers are beginning to respond to owner demands for healthier products and to rating systems like LEED that reward disclosure of ingredients as well as avoidance of hazardous chemicals. But most product certifications and chemical rankings are missing many of the most important toxicants. More focus is needed to accelerate market transformation towards carpet products that have lower toxicity and will be readily recycled at scale.

URL:
https://healthybuilding.net/uploads/files/eliminating-toxics-in-carpet-lessons-for-the-future-of-recycling.pdf

Source:
Healthy Building Network

Resource Type:
Article/report

Date of Publication:
October 2017

Associated Sectors:

  P2Rx

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