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Is your rug actually toxic?!

Did you know your rug might be one of the most toxic items in your home?!

They can actually emit toxic gases for up to FIVE years, I know insane.

In addition to that, “Over 4 billion of carpets are annually dumped into American landfills or burned in incinerators- releasing deadly soil into the air, soil and water.” According to the Center for Environmental Health.

I got you covered. Let's talk about WHY rugs can be so toxic and what you can do to keep you and your family safe.

An article from EWG states that most carpet is made from synthetic fibers, usually nylon and polypropylene. Both materials are made from non-renewable petroleum and emit harmful VOCs into the air.

Carpet backing is commonly made with a synthetic rubber derived from styrene and butadiene, both of which are respiratory irritants at low levels of exposure

These materials have also been shown to contain:

4-phenylcyclohexane (4-PC)- the “new carpet” odor is the 4-PC off-gassing, which can cause eye and respiratory tract irritation and may also affect the central nervous system

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)- chemicals is associated with cancer, hormone disruption, obesity, developmental disorders, and other adverse health effects

Phthalates- a type of plasticizer often used in PVC carpet backing.

Phthalates have been shown to migrate from the carpet into the air people breathe and has been linked to hormone disruption and adverse developmental effects in children, including reproductive and neurobehavioral impacts.

Even scarier is that young children are most at risk because they spend the majority of their time on the ground level!

I recently moved into a new townhome and decided I wanted to bring in ONLY safe and non-toxic furniture and items, so the rug was the first thing I looked into.

What’s great is that there are some amazing, safe, and affordable options.

Here is what to look for:

  • Natural fiber materials include bamboo, cork, sisal, coir, seagrass

  • Have not been through chemical treatments such as permanent stain resistance, mothproofing, and antimicrobial agents such as fungicides and mildewcides

  • Are not made of recycled synthetic materials. Sounds green, but isn’t a guarantee against toxics!

  • Can be easily cleaned and maintained with fragrance free carpet shampoos

  • Avoid wall to wall carpeting

  • Select Green label plus or green-guard certified carpet and padding

Here are some great brands to check out:

You can also check out BOUTIQUE RUGS and search for a handwoven wool option, bamboo or natural fiber options.

You can even find Nuloom Braided Jute rug on the Walmart website!

I hope this is helpful don’t forget to follow me over on Instagram for more daily clean living tips!