Choosing products made from natural fibers instead of synthetic fibers is a small step towards reversing man-made damage to our planet but it's an important one.
In contrast to synthetics, natural fibers are naturally and easily decomposed with the help of universal fungi and bacteria.
Natural fibers can also be composted to improve soil structure or incinerated with no harmful emissions and release of no more carbon dioxide than the fibers absorbed during their lifetimes. Furthermore, one ton of jute fiber production absorbs as much as 2.4 tons of carbon dioxide1.
Since carbon dioxide is the most destructive greenhouse gas on the planet and largely responsible for the growing hole in our ozone layer this bit of information illustrates but one significant reason to choose natural fibers.
Synthetic area rugs and carpets commonly off-gas toxic, harmful VOC's (volatile organic compounds) into the air. These VOC's can be emitted from both the synthetic fibers that make up the rug pile and the synthetic glues used in the backing. Who wants to breathe that stuff? VOC's can cause a multitude of unpleasant symptoms including eye, nose and throat irritation, headaches, nausea and dizziness. Whether one suffers from allergies, has a sensitive respiratory system or not-choosing a natural fiber area rug which does not off-gas is a positive choice that helps create a healthier environment in your home.
NATURAL FIBERS WE USE
Bamboo is remarkable in its renewability. The species we use (Moso) can be harvested in as little as four years and is the premier species for flooring due to its hardiness; on the other hand, hardwoods like oak take at least 40 years to mature before they can be harvested.
Sustainably harvested in its native habitat in the Anji Mountains of China
Bamboo grows at an astonishing rate. Some species of bamboo grow more than three feet each day! No plant on the planet grows at a faster rate. When it is harvested, it will grow a new shoot from its extensive root system with no need for additional planting or cultivation.
Virtually every part of the bamboo plant can be used to make a wide variety of products: everything from soil-enriching mulch to beautiful furniture to chopsticks.
Bamboo can replace the use of wood for nearly every application. Paper, flooring, furniture, charcoal, building materials, and much more can be made from bamboo.
Bamboo fibers are far stronger than wood fibers and much less likely to warp from changing atmospheric conditions.
Long, soft and shiny fibers are among the strongest, most flexible vegetable fibers2
Nicknamed the "Golden Fiber" for its beautiful luster
Exhibits naturally anti-static, insulating and moisture regulating properties
Jute is predominantly farmed by approximately four million small farmers in India and Bangladesh and supports hundreds of thousands of workers in jute manufacturing (from raw material to yarn and finished products)
Lustrous and creamy white fibers measuring up to a little over 3 feet in length2
Exceptionally strong, durable and stretchable; one of the most hard-wearing natural fibers
Does not absorb moisture easily and resists saltwater deterioration
Sustainably harvested in Southern China where the hot, dry climate offers perfect growing conditions
Abundant marine grass whose fibers are thick, flat and smooth
Excellent stain resistance
Durable and resilient fiber
Helps regulate humidity in a room by releasing moisture in dry environments and absorbing moisture in humid environments
Hemp ?ber is obtained from the bast of the plant Cannabis sativa L. It grows easily - to a height of 13 feet - without agrochemicals and captures large quantities of carbon2.
Hemp ?ber dyes well, resists mildew, blocks ultraviolet light and has natural anti-bacterial properties2.
Hemp has been used for centuries to make rope, canvas and paper2.
Long hemp ?bers can be spun and woven to make crisp, linen-like fabric used in clothing, home furnishing textiles and ?oor coverings2.