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Old 06-09-2007, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Posted by a wood floor lover

BuildingGreen.com - EBN 3:6 - Carpeting, Indoor Air Quality, and the Environment

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Recently, however, carpets have come under fire for their potential role in indoor air quality problems, and they’ve been questioned for their typically short service life. Carpets have come to have two strongly contrasting images in our culture: they represent the warmth and comfort of home, but also the worst of our fossil-fuel based, disposable society.
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Old 06-09-2007, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Warwick, NY
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this is why I won't have wall-to-wall carpeting in my home. Too many instances of it coming to life and eating people.
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Old 06-10-2007, 05:40 PM
 
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this is why I won't have wall-to-wall carpeting in my home. Too many instances of it coming to life and eating people.


Honest to god, if that isn't THE single most best reason for celibacy then I don't know what is! I'm having flashbacks just trying to type this reply!
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Old 06-10-2007, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Warwick, NY
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Good thing you didn't attend
the high school prom for the middle aged.

I promise that's the last one.
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Old 06-10-2007, 09:39 PM
 
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No, Jason, I'd say that one looks more like my wedding reception! Again, flashbacks....
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Old 06-10-2007, 09:54 PM
 
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And now, back to our regularly scheduled thread "Carpets and the Environment"
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Old 06-11-2007, 12:17 PM
 
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OK, but here's a question for you... I don't know of anyone who has all wood floors that doesn't also have a ton of throw rugs. Aren't those throw rugs essentially just pieces of carpet - or products which to produce require pollution of the environment?

Does anyone have a good idea for "soft flooring" which is comfortable to sit or lay on but which is also good for the environment (and I'll add, also easy to keep clean/maintain)?

Lastly, do you think the wood-finish, clear-coat, varnish, or other surface coating of wood flooring is actually good for you?
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Old 06-11-2007, 12:48 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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OK, but here's a question for you... I don't know of anyone who has all wood floors that doesn't also have a ton of throw rugs. Aren't those throw rugs essentially just pieces of carpet - or products which to produce require pollution of the environment?
I think throw rugs are better than carpet because they are easier to keep clean since it's not permanently installed. When a rug is "retired" it is much less wasteful than wall to wall carpet. A good quality rug can last a long time. I had a neighbor that bought some rugs from the Middle East and Asia. The quality was excellent. They were the type of rugs you would see at an antique shop or estate sale. A good quality rug can also be repaired. My
parents also had a braided rug that lasted 20 years.

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Does anyone have a good idea for "soft flooring" which is comfortable to sit or lay on but which is also good for the environment (and I'll add, also easy to keep clean/maintain)?
Cork floors: Lumber Liquidators: 4mm x 300mm x 600mm Sunset Cork Flooring

These links explain the different type of finishes for wood floors:
Eco-Friendly Wood Floor Wax Maintains a Healthy Indoor Environment
Goodwin Heart Pine, River Recovered Wood: Professional Corner (http://www.heartpine.com/professional/CEU2/ - broken link)
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