Advancements in Carpet Recycling in the Industry

September 12th, 2014

Coles is one of the few companies that actually puts some thought into what happens to used carpeting and padding after it is taken out of a home. We have been at the forefront of the carpet recycling industry from the jump, with over 90 percent of our pulled up flooring being shipped to one of two recycling companies where it is then separated, cleaned, and converted into various products.

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CARE_logoThe Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) is a non-profit organization charged with advancing market-based solutions for carpet recycling and landfill diversion. Care recently released its annual report for 2013 which held good news for both the carpet manufacturing and carpet reclamation industries.

The 2013 Annual report showed a 52% increase in US post-consumer carpet collections from 2012. CARE Partners (including carpet manufacturers, recyclers and non-governmental organizations) were responsible for diverting 534 million pounds of carpet from landfills in 2013. In the last decade there has been more than 3.25 billion pounds of post-consumer carpet diverted from landfills.

CARE’s Executive Director, Bob Peoples, is understandably positive about the report.

“CARE has once again experienced a dynamic year in terms of challenges and accomplishments,” he said. “Our programs are growing more sophisticated, resulting in significant progress in accounting for the diversion of post-consumer carpet from landfills in 2013.”

The report also outlined what CRI member manufacturers are doing to advance carpet as a sustainable product. Advancements in manufacturing, reducing their environmental footprint and increasing their use of recycled carpet are just a few.

Other notable developments in 2013 include:

  • 87% increase in post-consumer carpet being recycled into carpet face fiber
  • 25% increase of carpet being recycled into carpet backing
  • Nylon fiber typed represented 52% if the collection stream
  • PET collection grew to 34% of the collection stream
  • The amount of carpet reused saw an increase from 5 to 12 million pounds

Brendan McSheehy, CARE Board of Directors Chairman, is also enthusiastic about the report and the future of CARE.

“I look forward to seeing the positive changes made as our organization navigates and adapts to the changing landscape of our industry.”

CRI’s member manufacturers and CARE are making great strides in keeping carpet a sustainable product.

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Friday Roundup: Window Treatments

September 5th, 2014

This week, we take a peek at window treatments and how they can change the look of a room.

Don’t know where to start? Here are 50 Favorite Window Treatments from My Home Ideas.WindowTreatments1

Kitchen windows can be awkward because of their placement between cabinets or on top of sinks. Architecture | Art | Design has some simple and chic ideas.WindowTreatments2

Is that sliding glass door giving you window treatment anxiety? Don’t worry! Centsational Girl has some great solutions.WindowTreatments3

HGTV reminds us that window treatments are not just for windows. Here are a few ideas for using curtains in some unique places.WindowTreatments4

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Friday Favorites: Long Live Area Rugs!

August 29th, 2014

Area rugs can be used in any room to add a splash of color or to tie a room together. Here are our favorite area rug tips and tricks to help you choose the perfect area rug for each room in your home!

No matter the shape or size of your room HGTV has great tips for Choosing the Best Area Rug for Your Space. AreaRug1

Houzz gives 11 Area Rug Rules and How to Break Them! AreaRug2

Find out the latest Area Rug DO’s and DON’Ts from Room Fu.AreaRug3

Better Homes and Gardens shows How to Clean an Area Rug, to make sure your area rug lasts year after year!AreaRug4

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Warm up your Home with Reclaimed Wood

August 27th, 2014

There are very few ways to warm up a space better than the rich tones of reclaimed wood. While reclaimed wood floors are growing ever more popular, even something as simple as a panel or shelf brings a great natural element to a room — and it works in anything from contemporary to traditional, adding character and warmth. Tables are an easy solution when adding reclaimed wood, but there are so many ways to incorporate this environmentally friendly trend into your home.

There’s nothing like the weathered and time-worn feel of reclaimed wood floors. Whether you’re restoring old floors found underneath a layer of carpet or purchasing something like the Mohawk Hardwood pictured here, there is something nostalgic about a floor that has been lived on.Wood4

Reclaimed or pallet wood accent walls are becoming more and more    popular as well. The texture and warm tones bring a coastal driftwood feel to this seaside home.Wood2

If you aren’t ready to commit to an entire wall, framing a door or window with a thick beam can warm up a room very quickly. This Dutch door adds just the right touch of coziness!Wood3

Don’t think your options are limited to structural changes though! This old shutter adds a charming divider between rooms. It’s weathered pain job just accentuates its history.

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Friday Favorites: Home Office

August 22nd, 2014

Back-to-School: Organization and décor ideas for Your Home Office

Find the look your looking for in your home office with Stylish Home Offices from House Beautiful.Office1

Not enough space for a home office? HGTV has 14 Small Home Office Ideas.Office2

Get organized and stay that way by using Real Simple’s 21 Ideas for Organizing your Home Office.Office3

Get Inspired! Whether you have a room all to yourself or just a small nook, Country Living has Great Home Office Ideas to accommodate any home.

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Coles Fine Flooring for BBB

August 21st, 2014

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August 21st, 2014

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August 21st, 2014

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August 21st, 2014

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August 21st, 2014

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