When it came to the main living areas, hardwood floors were the no-doubt flooring of choice. But bedrooms, to me, seem to need carpet. Now I know they don’t need carpet, but it helps to define the room I think. So the carpet research commenced. (I think we have put equal amounts of thought and hours worked into the new house. Which is why we’re still blogging on about it and not enjoying our first Christmas there. All for the better, I’m sure.) And very, very quickly
our my mind was made up that we would not have any of that in our house. Toluene, benzene, formaldehyde, ethyl benzene, styrene, acetone, just to name a few. Uh, no thanks. The space where children get down and play, infants crawl and breathe deeply, dogs roll around and restorative stretching takes place. All in a toxic environment. Not to mention the creation of said carpet: made from nylon, acrylic, polypropelyne and backed with latex or PVC all of which are petroleum products.
But again, I felt like carpet = bedroom space. And so more research. I had heard of wool carpeting, but it seemed daunting and sounded expensive. Not a good combo. But I came across Earthweave and continued my reading. And thought. And number crunching. And creeping on all sorts of Professional Floor Installation Forums. (What??!!? You say? Yeah, they’re out there on the good old WWW) And I really came to consider wool as an option. Non-toxic: Check. Natural products for backing, adhesive and padding: Check. Made in the USA: Check. Sustainable and renewable and oh yeah, biodegradeable: Check, check, double check.
So yeah, we’re sold. And excited! I truly hope that this product is all I’ve made it out to be. It should last longer than standard carpets, but it also stains easier. And it wasn’t daunting or all that expensive….no more so than the hardwood flooring is.
So here’s to hoping it ships quickly and gets installed even quicker so that Santa may deliver two sweet littles a new bunk bed set on Christmas morn.