When it comes to being a more eco-friendly consumer, there are tons of more sustainable purchases you can make, from the jeans you wear, to the sheets you sleep in, to the snacks you eat—and to the rugs you roll out in your home! We’re happy to report that we sell tons of eco-friendly rugs crafted from recycled and plant-based renewable materials. And yes: They’re just as beautiful and soft as less sustainable styles!
Ready to beautify your home with rugs that are better for the earth? Keep reading to learn more!
What makes a rug sustainable?
The material of a rug plays a big role in how sustainable and friendly it is to the environment. At Rugs USA, our most eco-friendly rugs are crafted from recycled or renewable, plant-based materials like jute, sisal, and cotton.
These materials are part of a sustainable, circular loop, taking things that are naturally produced by the earth—or that are already on the planet, the case of recycled materials—and making them into something new (and therefore, keeping waste out of landfills!).
Why should you choose eco-friendly rugs?
Let’s be honest: Households create a lot of waste. Between uneaten food, trash, energy, and all manner of plastics, there’s a lot that goes into the landfill from our homes. So, it’s a great idea to make eco-friendly choices where you can, which can mean buying rugs made out of renewable or recycled materials.
And if you’re worried about quality, don’t be! These rugs definitely don’t feel like crunchy, second-tier alternatives. They’re the real deal—as comfortable and as beautiful as a rugs crafted from less sustainable materials
Types of Eco-Friendly Rugs
Rugs Made from Renewable, Plant-Based Materials
Jute Rugs: Because they’re made of real, plant-based fibers, jute rugs are some of the most eco-friendly options out there. They’re woven from fibers of the jute plant, which can also be found in burlap and ropes. Jute rugs are one of our top picks, not just out of sustainable rugs, but for all rugs! They’re designer go-tos, are extremely durable, offer beautiful texture, are great for layering, and are typically pretty affordable.
Sisal Rugs: Sisal is another common natural material found in rugs, and it originates from the durable fibers of the agave plant. Just like jute, sisal rugs can really stand up to foot traffic and are great for adding a wonderfully textured look to any type of room.
Cotton Rugs: Crafted from—you guessed it—the fluffy fibers of the cotton plant, cotton rugs are not only an eco-friendly choice, but also have great durability, a comfortable softness underfoot, and hold onto bright dyes well.
Rugs Made from Recycled Materials
Washable Easy-Jutes: Despite the name, our Washable Easy-Jute rugs are not actually made from the jute fiber, but instead are woven from GRS-certified recycled polyester fibers designed to mimic the textured, natural look of jute. We love using them in mess-prone areas like kids’ rooms, the kitchen, or the entryway. Any time messes occur, simply throw them in the washer and they’re good as new! Learn more about these styles here.
How to Get the Most Out of Your Eco-Friendly Rug
Sustainability isn’t only about the material of the product you buy. It’s also about how you use and take care of it. Here’s how to make the most of your eco-friendly rugs and ensure they last for years to come:
Air-dry washable rugs. Do you have one of our washable rugs in your home? Skip the dryer and hang-dry your rug after washing to save a little energy. Don’t forget to use an earth-friendly detergent!
Properly care for your rug. This will ensure your rug stays in good condition for a long time. Be sure to give it a regular vacuum so dirt and grime don’t get stuck in the fibers, and make sure you spot-clean when you see any stains. Learn more about caring for your rug here.
Upcycle. We love the idea of repurposing an old rug in a new, clever way. If you have a rug that still has some life left in it, consider using it to make one of our DIY rug baskets or in another fun project.
Donate or recycle. When you are ready to get rid of your rug, see if any local charities will take it if it’s in good enough condition, or touch base with your local recycling services to ask if they can recycle your rug for you.