How to Choose an Eco-Friendly Rug

The possibilities are endless when it comes to decorating your home. If you have a creative mind, making decisions is never fun but in decorating your home it’s cool to go eco-friendly. You decorating your home is much about you. Your home should reflect who you are.

If you’re into eco-friendly decors and are passionate about it then check out these suggestions on how to choose the perfect eco-friendly rug:

1. Choose Natural Fibers

Opt for rugs or carpets that are made of natural fibers and won’t off-gas. They bring an organic look to any room in the home. They are usually woven from plant fibers and have an interesting, casual, and authentic look. Materials such as jute, wool, sisal, and seagrass are common, sustainable, and renewable. Some of them may be more expensive but are worth the investment and peace of mind. Using natural materials results in less adverse health effects as they won’t give off volatile compounds.

2. Consider using them with rug pads

Rugs pads are sticker pads that work as a buffer between the floor and the carpet or rug. It’s like a double-sided pad. It prolongs the life of your rugs and carpets. It’s very useful especially if you have children and elderly in the home as it prevents falls like with the use of elevating seat electric wheelchairs. Eco-friendly rug pads help reduce harmful VOCs (Volatile Organic Compound) and are safe for your floors. 

3. Life span

Rugs are usually placed in high traffic areas of the home so choose one that will last. Synthetic rigs may last for several years but being a lover ‘green’, you still should choose one made of natural materials. You may need to make a couple or more rug changes every few years but enduring the trouble is not tough as going eco-friendly is far more beneficial to you and your family.

If you want a golden rule that will fit everything, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.


4. The Source

Consider where it will come from. If you need to order it from overseas or from the other side of the country, you may want to re-think that. Transporting from long distances is more expensive and could also require more fuel just to get that rug to your home.

Consider buying from the nearby department store or IKEA, purchasing from locals or from nearby areas is more environment-friendly and produces less carbon footprint.

5. Choose a reversible style

A rug that has eye-catching texture and pattern that can be used on either side is more functional than carpets that only has one usable side. This gives you the power to make subtle changes while keeping house décor costs down. Other than the savings, it’s just a fun way to decorate. This gives you the bragging rights of being a smart DIY home decorator.

There are so many benefits to having an eco-friendly home. It gives you a cozy, healthy, and clean environment that your family will appreciate and love. Your home will not only be beautiful but will also be a suitable living space for anyone who suffers from allergies or have sensitivities to synthetic materials. Choosing an eco-friendly rug is a wise decision for your family and the planet.

Amelia Evans
Amelia is a member of the content team at The Long Reach and works for a variety of multinational brands as well as a freelance journalist. She is a health and lifestyle author who specializes in whole-body wellbeing and is very knowledgeable about the music industry. Amelia enjoys going into the countryside for some relaxation while she’s not researching or writing.