What’s top of the range, best value and Green? Sustainable carpets and new design technology

Todays Guest Post comes courtesty of InterfaceFLOR, a maker of commercial carpet, flooring, and carpet tiles.  Enjoy! (and click here to visit their site)

In the old days, a carpet used to be a typical heavy industry product. Carpets were basically petrol products, coming a range of uninspiring designs, and they were to all intents and purposes toxic waste when thrown out, difficult to manage and non-recyclable. They were also extraordinarily expensive to produce, and that cost was invariably passed on to consumers.

A lot has changed since those days, and modern carpets are not only better products. Their product life is now fully audited for cost-efficiency, and new design technology is producing a gigantic range of new design possibilities (like bio-mimicry for instance) in the market.

The net effect on carpet manufacturing has been like the invention of the wheel. For consumers, the new design possibilities have created a range of options for the home which previously could only have been obtained by hiring an interior decorator. As a matter of fact, interior designers have been extremely quick to see the possibilities of this new technology and the new design options. Even the professionals are voting with their time and money to use these new technologies in preference for the old.

The Design Revolution
What happened was a massive reappraisal of the entire process of the manufacturing and design of carpets at the most fundamental levels. If you've seen some of the very heavy duty carpets at airports, you'll be interested to hear that you're looking at an entirely new technology. These are modular carpets, and are not sewn together, but glued together. They have their own built-in and low. They're also truly Green, made from sustainable materials, which have dramatically improved both the environmental aspects and the baseline costs of carpet manufacturing.

For consumers, that means buying a carpet is a whole new ball game. Modular carpets of this type are extremely easy to maintain, extremely durable, and the product life cycle auditing also acts as an ongoing quality control. That means that you can buy a better product which will last a lot longer and therefore actually save money.

In comparison, old-style carpets actually created additional costs in terms of underlay, and were always a major production during installation. If these old types of carpet needed replacing, it often involved major upheavals. The new modular carpet tiles can be replaced in minutes, where old style carpet can take several hours to do the same jobs on the same scale.

The Green side of new carpets
As you can see, the new Green design concepts are anything but cosmetic. The use of high quality natural products has also created a wholly sustainable manufacturing environment, in which manufacturers are benefiting from low-cost production methods and reliable sourcing for their materials.

These benefits are being passed on to consumers in multiple ways. New design and setting visualization technology which allow people to view carpet designs on a range of settings are also expanding the design concept framework considerably. The net cost of a new carpet in real terms, plus the added design advantages of providing consumers with exceptionally high quality product and long product life, create built-in savings at the point of purchase.

Cleaner, Greener, cheaper, and better- What more could you want?