As I was researching carpet statistics, I came across these amazing facts from Color Your Carpet” Carpet replacement is costly. Discarded carpet is becoming a multi-million dollar property liability. Predictions are that landfill charges will likely double every 5 years or so now. Actual cost of new carpet is still far less inflated that almost any other industry. But other costs associated with carpet replacement such as removal, installation, disposal, transportation and regulation have created a demand for enviromentally sensible alternatives. For landfill costs alone, one company has calculated their cost to exceed $4 million over 10 years*.
- Example based on 17 million square feet in one actual northeastern U.S. company at 15% landfill cost increase per year.
According to the Carpet & Rug Institute, “70% of all carpet replaced each year is replaced for reasons other than wear”! We can help because that carpet saved by our unique on-site carpet dyeing and color restoration services.
There are only three reasons why that 70% is discarded:
The owner states that the carpet color is the wrong color or an outdated color for their decorating purposes. The owner states that they are tired of the existing carpet color and want a change. The owner states that the carpet is ugly, discolored or appears to be “worn out”.
90% of that carpet could be redyed by the Color Your Carpet® services and kept out of our landfills!
- Of all floor covering, carpet accounts for 72% of the market.
- Tufted (mostly wall-to-wall) accounts for 91.5% of the total carpet market
- Residential market accounts for 61% of all carpet (new and existing)
- Contract or commercial market accounts for 39% of all carpet (new and existing)
USA Annual Carpet Dumped into Our Landfills
|Annual Carpet to the Landfill in Sq Yds||Annual Carpet to the Landfill in Pounds|
|800,000,000 sq yds per yr to landfill=||4,000,000,000 divided by 5 lbs per sq yd|
| 800 million sq yds
to the landfill per year=
| 4 billion pounds
to the landfill per year
|(@5 lbs weight per sq yd carpet average)|
USA Annual New Carpet Sales
|New Carpet Sales Per Year in Sq Yds||New Carpet Sales Per Year in Pounds|
|1,800,000,000 sq yds sold per year=||9,000,000,000 pounds per year sold|
| 1.8 billion sq yds
New Carpet sold per year=
| 9 billion pounds
New Carpet sold per year
| About $38 billion in retail sales
if average price is $21/sq yd
| (@5 lbs weight per sq yd carpet average)
100 sq yds weighs about 500 pounds
Even if Color Your Carpet® could only save 50% of this carpet by dyeing and color restoration,
that’s more than 4.5 billion pounds saved from our landfills each year in residential carpet alone!.
*Example based on 17 million square feet in one actual northeastern U.S. company at 15% landfill cost increase per year.
I didn’t mean to get on the bandwagon about carpeting, it’s just I feel bad, because I put my old carpeting in the trash! I could have recycled it!
15 Things to Consider When Buying an Eco Carpet
1.) Look/Color and Style
2.) Toxins: Carpeting is a collector of dust, pollutants and toxins.
3.) Can you reuse the old one? Can you dye it?
4.) Do you want the whole roll? If you buy in squares, it is easy to replace and thus reducing landfill waste.
5.) Where is it going to be placed? Will high traffic areas increase maintenance? Do you need Stain protection?
6.) Moisture: Are you subject to flooding, or live in a wet environment, where carpet can collect MOLD?
7.) Do you want to buy or lease? Yes there are companies that lease carpets.
8.) When selecting carpet, specify carpeting that is made with recycled materials.
9.) When selecting carpet look for companies that will recycle your old carpeting.
10.) Performance and Durability: Buy the best you can afford.
11.) Static Resistance: Do you want to be shocked or have your clothes stick to you?
12.) Padding: How thick?
13.) Cost? To calculate your ROI (Return on Investment) go to Green and Save
14.) Is this for yourself, rental or resale?
15.) Maintenance: See this report on Carpet Cleaning from Floor Talk
16.) Are you going to install it yourself? Some tips from Carpetology
Maintenance: Here are some tips from Inform. org, to better care for you carpet.
Reclaimed Carpet :
Colorado State University: Selecting Your Carpet