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Eco-Friendly Carpeting Made from Recycled Plastic BottlesBy: Danny Lipford
You may be aware that plastic bottles can be recycled into a number of items, including building materials such as fencing and composite decking. But there’s another use for recycled plastic which you might not know about – carpeting for your home!
Carpeting made from recycled plastic is a growing industry that uses three billion plastic bottles a year. Advantages of recycled plastic carpeting include:
- Stain resistant
- No static buildup
- Looks and feels natural
- Competitively priced
Watch this video to find out more.
- Recycled Plastic Fence (video)
- Reusing and Recycling Plastic Containers (article)
- Recycled Plastic Composite Fencing and Decking (video)
- Eco-Friendly Recycled Light Fixtures for Your Home (video)
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Who would’ve thought one of my greatest childhood pleasures would be taken away by this plastic bottle. I used to love shuffling across the carpet in my sock feet, so I could deliver a static shock to my brother. But, I can’t do that any more.
Believe it or not, plastic bottles can be processed into fibers that are woven into a special yarn and turned into one of the most stain-resistant carpets you can buy. This is one of the most creative examples of recycling I’ve ever seen.
Now, it takes about thirty of these bottles to make one square yard of carpet. It’s competitively priced, looks and feels great, and – here’s the bad news – it’s permanently static resistant, so no more mischievous fun.
But I can’t hold a grudge, because this effort is keeping over three billion of these plastic bottles out of the landfill each and every year. And that’s a pretty green shock!