Home improvements can be very harmful to the environment. Many projects require the use of toxic chemicals and inevitably, a lot of waste always ends up in the landfill. Next time you are doing a home improvement project, consider some of the many ways that you can make it greener.
Home improvements often involve removing your old carpet and replacing it. If you can find a local Carpet Recycling depot in your area, that would be the best place to drop off your old carpet. The vast majority of carpet ends up in a landfill.
Before deciding on a new carpet, why not consider something a little bit cleaner like hardwood floors? Hardwood is available in many green options and can be rainforest certified. You can even find recycling hardwood that has been pulled out of an old building. If that is not an option, consider one of the many green carpet solutions. Some carpet companies offer recycled carpet. Make sure you choose one with a high star rating so it will last a long time. If you have to change your carpet every few years you are only adding more to the landfill. Try and source out carpet made of natural fibers - they will break down more easily when they eventually make it to the landfill. (more...)