How to Choose an Eco-Friendly Outdoor Rug


| 8/11/2015 10:41:00 AM


Tags: Jennifer Tuohy, Home Depot, outdoor rugs, South Carolina,

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Earlier this year, I wrote this post for MOTHER EARTH NEWS about how to choose eco-friendly indoor rugs. As I discovered in my research, indoor air pollution is a real issue in modern homes and choosing the “wrong” rug can contribute to that problem. After thoroughly exploring the best options for indoor rugs, I began to think about my outdoor space.

Living in the South, my family and I like to spend as much time as possible outdoors. It being the buggy South, however, this means staying inside a screened-in porch! I started looking for a way brighten up this space and went on a search for an eco-friendly outdoor rug.

At first, I assumed that the same rules as those for indoor flooring would apply, but it turned out that was only partially true. First off, the issue of “off-gassing” isn’t such a concern in an outdoor space. Second, most of those natural fibers that are ideal for indoors don’t work well outdoors, because when combined with persistent moisture they become mildew magnets.

So what are the best options for eco-friendly outdoor rugs? 

The best material for an outdoor rug is synthetic, as these don’t absorb water and therefore won’t grow mold when left outdoors (which can be harmful to your health, as well as spoil the look of your rug).

Synthetic, you say? Isn’t that bad for the environment? Not necessarily. If you research the materials well, you can actually end up with a product that is attractive, eco-friendly and, crucially when it comes to being green, long-lasting. One thing to note: Look for hand woven or hand tufted rugs, both of which are more durable than machine-made and will last longer.


simranpatel
4/5/2016 7:21:55 AM

i also used crafted Carpets made from synthetic fibers for my room..i got lot of beautiful items from http://oakvalleydecor.com/ for my home decoration




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