Q: Do you have a brochure you could send?
A: Being an environmentally responsible company, we do not believe that it is eco-friendly to do excessive printing of a paper brochure. We have complete information on our website and believe this will give our customers the most thorough understanding of our product offerings. However, there are samples that are available through your retailer. We feel that a physical sample better represents our carpeting than a printed image. Of course, you may at your discretion print any of the pages from our website but we do ask that you please consider the environment before doing so.
Q: Are your carpets Durable? How long will they last?
A: Many of the synthetic flooring manufacturers would have you believe that wool carpet with jute backing is not as durable as the products they make. This is simply untrue. In fact, wool carpeting has a “useful” life of 20-25 years before it needs to be replaced. Typical synthetic residential carpets will need to be replaced about every 7 years. The synthetic carpets do not wear out per se, they just “ugly” out. Meaning they are no longer aesthetically pleasing to look at. They will however stay around in a landfill for an extremely longtime. Some estimates are that they will be around at least 10,000 years. Durable materials (wool carpeting) require less frequent replacement, generate less waste, and may also realize lower long-term costs. Having such a long useful life will reduce the cost per year as well the carpeting’s impact on the environment.
Q: What is your stance on the three R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle)?
A: We are very serious about the environment and protecting it through the proper implementation of the THREE R’s. We do everything we can to REDUCE waste – whether electrical or physical. Earth Weave’s twist on the reuse and recycle part is that we feel these are best accomplished through Mother Nature. Since the beginning of time, nature has been able to perfectly “REUSE” natural materials that are discarded into the environment. Although there is no waste in this system, the nutrients most often do not replenish Earth in exactly the same state. As an example, leaves fall to the ground, bio-degrading to become nutrients for all sorts of living plant life. Of course the nutrients are therefore RECYCLED into the natural world. It really is a perfect system but it depends on natural raw materials at the both the input and output stage.
Q: Isn’t it better to use a recycled carpet?
A: Over four billion pounds of carpet enter the solid waste stream in the U.S. every year, accounting for more than one percent by weight and about two percent by volume of all municipal solid waste (MSW). Furthermore, the bulky nature of carpet creates collection and handling problems for solid waste operations, and the variety of materials present in carpet makes it difficult to recycle. Our carpets rely on the ultimate manufacturer – Mother Nature – and all her extensive know how to deconstruct our materials and get them back into the nutrient stream.
Q: How soft are your carpets?
A: Our carpets are constructed using the highest quality wool available. This provides not only an extremely durable product but a luxuriously soft one as well. Our carpets are not coarse like many of the other natural face fiber products such as sisal, sea grass, coir and jute. Many times our products are used in nurseries because of the softness. You may experience the softness of our products at one of our many retailers.
Q: Where does your wool come from?
A: We use British Wool due to its excellent crimp and fiber characteristics. The breeds we use are the finest available. The sheep are raised in a free range environment. They are outside in all types of weather, both harsh and pleasant. This dynamic environment causes the sheep to grow a very hardy fleece that allows us to produce the highest quality carpeting. Through all the elements – durability reigns supreme.
Q: How do you get your colors?
A: The colors are derived from the wool as it is naturally grown on the sheep’s back. Just as you, your family and friends have a specific color of hair, so do the sheep have unique colors based on particular breeds. We take these naturally colored fleeces and blend them to achieve the beautiful colorations of our carpeting. No dyes or harsh chemicals (moth proofing) are applied.
Q: I have heard that wool carpets shed. Is this true?
A: It is true wool carpets shed a little. This is a factor of them being made from short “staple” fibers. In fact, all staple fiber carpets shed a little. Many synthetics carpets are made from staple fibers. Staple is really anything that is not continuous filament. The only natural fiber that I am aware of that is continuous filament is silk. Of course, silk would not be as durable as wool for use as a carpet fiber. In spite of the shedding that occurs with all staple carpet products, you can be assured that it is minimal and will in no way be noticeable in the appearance or durability of the carpet. You may notice small fibers in your vacuum cleaner if you were to inspect inside the collection bag. This is typical and is no cause for alarm.
Q: How long have you been in business?
A:Earth Weave was founded in 1997. This was well before the new wave of “green business”. We are not a new fly by night company nor one of the growing numbers of carpet manufacturers that are jumping on the “green” wagon. Please look closely at these other manufacturers in regards to what they produce in addition to their “green” lines. You will often find that they are a large conglomerate producing synthetic products.
Q: Do you manufacture area rugs in addition to wall to wall carpet?
Yes, we manufacture area rugs using the same natural yarn that is used on the face of the carpet to serge the edges for a high end look. This edge finish is durable as well as being more elegant that the binding procedures some manufacturers implement.
Q: How are you different than any of the other environmentally friendly carpet companies out there?
Many companies are just “green washing” the public by touting to recycle and/or use recycled products. We do not feel that synthetics are sustainable and therefore not “green/eco”. As we all know, petroleum is a finite, non-renewable resource. We feel that to be truly green a company must be sustainable. By having sustainable products that are naturally based, the planet is replenished at the end of a product’s lifecycle. This is true recycling! Our products are naturally derived and will decompose in a landfill environment. The nutrients then go back into the earth to be used in whatever way mother nature sees fit. From Nature To Nature™
Q: Can I buy your wool pad to use under my carpet from a different manufacturer?
Sure you can use our pad with carpeting from a different manufacturer but you should consider why you would do this. Many companies out there have products that will be termed natural or be said to be in a natural collection. Look closely and you will find a synthetic backing in the carpeting. If you are looking for the healthiest carpet/padding combination, it does not make sense to put a natural wool pad under a synthetic backed wool carpet. You should just use a synthetic based padding product.
Q: Are your products LEED certified?
A: Buildings are LEED certified, NOT products. Our products do meet criteria for accumulation of LEED points.
MATERIALS & RESOURCES
||Construction Waste Management
MR Credit 4.1: Recycled Content -- 1 point
For this credit, the total project must contain 10% (based on cost) recycled content, in a ratio of 2:1 post-consumer to post-industrial recycled content.
MR Credit 4.2: Recycled Content -- 1 point in addition to MR credit 4.1
This credit requires the total project to contain 20% (based on cost) recycled content in a 2:1 ratio of post consumer to post-industrial recycled material.
MR Credit 5.1: Regional Materials -- 1 point
This credit is earned if 10% of the total materials needed for a project are extracted, harvested or recovered, and manufactured within a 500-mile radius. If only a fraction of the material is from the region, that amount by weight will contribute to the regional credit value. Map
MR Credit 5.2: Regional Materials -- 1 point in addition to MR credit 5.1
This credit is earned if 20% of a project's total materials meet the criteria outlined in section 5.1. Map
MR Credit 6: Rapidly Renewable Materials -- 1 point
To qualify for this credit, 2.5% of the total value of all building materials and products used in the project (based on cost) must come from materials made from plants that are typically harvested within a ten-year cycle or shorter.
INDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY
EQ Credit 4.3: Low-Emitting Materials: Carpet Systems -- 1 point
The requirements of this credit are met if all carpet installed in the building interior meets the testing and product requirements of the Carpet and Rug Institute's Green Label Plus program. Additionally, all cushion used must qualify for CRI's Green Label program, and all adhesive must meet the prerequisite standards of EQ Credit 4:1 VOC limit of 50 g/L.
Q: Why should I use your product instead of a synthetic carpet that will provide me with the same amount of LEED points at a lower cost?
A: This is one of the main failures of the LEED program. In a lot of cases, it does not reward or in fact encourage the implementation of truly sustainable products. This is an area where a lot of “green washing” has taken place. It seems that the large corporations have been able to influence the program to meet the criteria of the products they produce instead of the other way around. It is not like this in all cases but if one looks closely, these shortcomings are quickly evident. Environmental health and planet welfare are about more than accumulation of “points” and who has the most money to influence policy.
Q: What is your warranty?
A: We have a 5 year manufacturer’s defect warranty. Natural fiber carpets vary in texture and color. Slight variances in texture and color are normal and do not constitute a manufacturing defect. Matting, crushing, soiling, staining or any other changes in appearance are not considered manufacturing defects and are excluded from this warranty. No warranty is made as to individual reactions, physical or otherwise, regarding this carpet and its effects. Specification/Warranty
Q: How does one clean your carpets?
A: We suggest customers use Host Carpet Cleaning Products. These can be found at www.hostcarpetcleaning.com
As with all quality natural fiber carpets, vacuuming with a suction only vacuum cleaner is recommended. Beater bar vacuum cleaners may damage the surface pile of this product. Proper vacuuming on a regular basis will increase performance. Use only wool approved cleaners for removing stains. Do not vigorously rub the affected area. Lightly blot area instead. If stain persists, contact a professional cleaner and be sure they use cleaners designed for wool and natural fibers. Cleaning Procedure
Q: I am chemically sensitive; will your products work for me?
A: While we have many customers that have had a great experience with our carpet, we cannot guarantee nor comment on any individual/client’s reaction. It is up to each individual to decide on their own if our products work for them in their environment. No warranty is made as to individual reactions, physical or otherwise, regarding this carpet and its effects.
Q: Do you ship to a residence?
A: We can ship to a residence but we suggest shipping to a commercial address, such as your dealer/installer. We suggest you coordinate the details with your retailer as they can help you make the best decisions for your situation. As you may imagine, carpeting is a large and bulky item and therefore best handled by a professional that is familiar with the receiving process.
Q: Can your carpeting products be used over a radiant heat floor?
A: Definitely! We have testing data that shows where carpets are favorably used with radiant floor systems. This is real world testing in an actual room size test chamber. The data validates what we have always known and of course this is great news to our customers that want the comfort/softness of non-toxic wool carpet instead of a hard surface floor covering. See Here
Q: Does your product require hand sewing or special installation procedures?
A: No, hand sewing is not required with our products. If you have an installer that can sew the seams and you prefer that method, there is nothing wrong with it. It is generally more expensive to sew the seams and that is the main reason we do not suggest it. We suggest that you find a competent installer that has experience with wool carpeting and has access to a low/no VOC seaming tape. Your installer will find that our products install very nicely because they do not have the stiff synthetic fillers in them like all the other products out there.
Q: Do you manufacture carpet tiles?
A: At this time we have not been able to develop a process that allows us to manufacture carpet tiles in way that is natural and non-toxic. All the current carpet tile manufacturers use synthetic materials throughout their product. As much as we would like to make a carpet tile, the bigger issue for us is to make it in a sustainable way. As you know, natural is the only true way to sustainability. See Here