FLOR: A new kind of carpet

Day 311 – We have all had to dispose of an old area rug or carpet that needed updating. However, what if there was a way to cover our floors without the worry of what we’ll do with that flooring once it has served it purpose. FLOR has come up with a genius plan to keep carpets out of the landfill.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Choose a pattern you love and decide how large of an area you need to cover.
  2. Your carpet or area rug will arrive in squares (tiles) that are easily to install.
  3. The carpet tiles are easy to move around and create new styles.
  4. They are also easy to clean if you happen to have a spill.
  5. The carpet tiles are made from recycled nylon.
  6. One you are ready to replace your carpet, you can send your tiles back to get recycled for free.
  7. Those recycled materials will be used to make new carpet tiles.

Flor has recycled over 64,000 tiles and 100% of electricity used in manufacturing comes from renewable resources.

“Like the yarns used in our rugs, our journey to sustainability is woven into who we are. Between responsibly sourced materials, manufacturing powered by renewable energy, and carbon-negative rug backing technology, FLOR’s environmentally friendly rugs look beautiful in your home while being safe for the earth.” – FLOR

Companies like FLOR are getting us one step closer to a circular economy. Taking responsibility for what they manufacture, instead of leaving it up to the consumer is a huge reasons to support FLOR. You will never have to thrown out another area rug again.

Tomorrow, options to recycle your thermostat.

Preserve: Reusable Plasticware

Day 207 – It may sound counterproductive to write about plasticware, especially during Plastic Free July. However, Preserve is not your typical plasticware. Preserve has been making products good for people and the planet since 1996.

Here are just a few of the ways Preserve is making a difference:

  1. Preserve’s plastic products are made from 100% recycled plastic.
  2. Preserve’s plastic products are dishwasher safe and made to last.
  3. Preserve’s products are made in the U.S.
  4. Preserve has a line of 100% compostable items that are plant based and gluten free.
  5. Preserve has a take back program called Gimme 5, which collects #5 plastic that they transform into new Preserve products.
  6. Preserve even takes back their own products that reach the end of their life. They then recycle and create new products from those items.
  7. Preserve is a Certified B Corporation.
  8. Preserve makes a line of products made from ocean plastic. Through sales of our POPi products, they support organizations that prevent plastic from reaching the ocean. 25% of proceeds from POPi products are donated to non-profits that work on issues including:
  • Developing better recycling systems around the world.
  • Researching the effects of plastic in the ocean and on marine life.
  • Creating catchment technologies (ways to trap plastic in waterways before it reaches the ocean).
  • Providing better end of life solutions for recovered and recycled packages that were heading for the ocean.

I recently purchased the On the Go Party Set (currently sold out) and couldn’t be happier with the product. The plates, cups and plasticware will be used for countless parties to come.

Tomorrow, fun at the beach is becoming more environmentally friendly.