Synthetic carpets are complex in their composition and chemistry. Their complexity presents a variety of hazards in their backing, pile and surface treatments. The litany of additives used for resistance to mildew, stains, and fire and make it important to examine the contents of a carpet product before accepting claims that it is "healthy".

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About Our Collections

The goal of our collections is to help promote transparency in the material ingredients of building products by fostering knowledge and awareness of products and materials for which life-cycle information is available, and that have environmentally, economically, and socially preferable life-cycle impacts.

Keep an eye out for the following symbols:
A Healthier Affordable Building Product

Products with the designation of "Healthier & Affordable" were specified and installed in at least one of our Case Studies of healthier affordable housing.

Available at the Donghia healthier Materials Library

The Donghia healthier Materials Library library is open to Parsons student and faculty. Learn more about access and opening hours here.

New Product

This product has been added to the collection within the past six months.

Ingredient Disclosures

There are several ways of evaluating a material’s health that we include with product information. Disclosures are reports by manufacturers about product ingredients, impacts, or other attributes.

Key Disclosures include:
Health Product Declaration (HPD)

A voluntary technical specification for reporting information on product contents and associated health information, intended to be the health-analogue to Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).

Declare Label

Declare is a transparency platform and product database that answers three questions: 
  1. Where does a product come from?
  2. What is it made of?
  3. Where does it go at the end of its life?

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)

A standardized format for communicating the environmental effects associated with a product’s raw materials extraction, energy use, chemical makeup, waste generation, and emissions to air, soil, and water.

Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

A reporting format that provides basic information about a material’s chemical ingredients, the potential safety hazards to installers, and recommended practices for installation.

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Needlefelt Modular Carpet

A Healthier Affordable Building Product

Interface's needlefelt modular carpet tiles include the Flor, Super Flor, and House Pet lines. Each tile is needle punched to create a traditional, dappled look and feel.


Category
Flooring, Carpet Tile
Manufacturer
Interface
Product Website

Material composition *

Face: Type 6 Nylon 11.3%, Polyester 10.6%, Polypropylene 3%, Recycled Polyester 1.2% Backing: Polyester 1.3%, Bitumen, SBS and Recycled Limestone 64.6%, Polypropylene 0.9%

*As reported by manufacturer and product EPD

AVAILABLE SIZING

16”x 16” Tile

COLORS

Available in a variety of colors

ECO Carpet Tile

Tretford's ECO carpet tile is made from Cashmere goat hair fibers and a phthalate-free, 100% post-consumer recycled PET backing. The Cashmere fibers naturally filter dust and allergens from the air and are incredibly durable. The tile's unique construction also allows the carpet to be cut in any direction, including circles, without fraying or damage, enabling limitless design opportunities.


Category
Flooring, Carpet Tile
Manufacturer
Tretford
Product Website

Material composition *

Face: Goat Hair 70%, Nylon 15%, Backing: Post-Consumer Recycled PET 50%

*As reported by manufacturer

AVAILABLE SIZING

19”x 19” Tile

COLORS

Available in a variety of colors

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD)
Declare Label
Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Other
Last Updated

September 23, 2016

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EcoWorx Carpet Tile

A Healthier Affordable Building Product

Shaw's EcoWorx carpet tile was the first non-PVC backed carpet tile on the market. This product is Cradle to Cradle Silver certified, and Shaw guarantees free reclamation and recycling and the end of use. EcoWorx carpet tiles also require 40 percent less energy to produce than traditional carpet tiles.


Category
Flooring, Carpet Tile
Manufacturer
Shaw Contract
Product Website

Material composition *

Face: Nylon 6 Polymer <50%, Poly[imino(16-dioxo-16- hexanediyl)amino-16-hexanediyl] <50%

Backing: Calcium Carbonate 20-45%, 1-Octene Polymer with Ethene 5-15% Aluminum Hydroxide 2-8%, Acetic Acid Ethenyl Ester Polymer with Ethene 2-7%, Hydrocarbons C6-20 Polymers Hydrogenated 1-6%, Clay 1-5%, Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) 1-5%, Fiberglass 0.5-4%, Undisclosed 0.5-2%, 1-Hexene Polymer with Ethene 0.1-1%, 2-Propenoic Acid Butyl Ester Polymer with Ethyl 2-Propenoate N-(hydroxymethyl)-2-propenamide 2-Propenamide and 2-Propenenitrile 0.1-1%, 2-Propenoic Acid Methyl Ester Polymer with Ethene 0.1-1%, Alcohols C11-14-Iso- C13-Rich Ethoxylated <1%, Polyvinyl Aclohol <1%, Quartz <1%, Undisclosed (Parafinnic Hydrocarbons) 0.1-1%

*As reported by manufacturer and product HPD

AVAILABLE SIZING

Tile sizes are dependent on collection, ranging from 9"x 36" to 36" x 36"

COLORS

Available in a range of colorways

Nylon Modular Carpet Tiles on EcoFlex NXT

Mohawk's EcoFlex NXT Modular Carpet Tiles are Living Building Challenge Red-List Free. One of the company's product lines with this composition, the Lichen Collection, is the first flooring product to achieve the International Living Future Institute’s Living Product Challenge Petal Certification. Additionally, this product is designed to be installed using Mohawk's FlexLok tabs, the only red-list free carpet installation system on the market. These carpet tiles have a composite construction of a tufted nylon face, primary backing, fiberglass scrim, pre-coat polymer with an extruded polyolefin modular backing.


Category
Flooring, Carpet Tile
Manufacturer
Mohawk
Product Website

Material composition *

Face: Nylon 6 25-35%, Nylon 6,6 0-10%, Nylon 6 (with Stain Resistance) 0-25%;

Coating: Limestone (Calcium Carbonate) 25-45%, Ethylene-Propylene Copolymer 10-20%, Calcium Carbonate 8-10%;

Primary Backing: Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) 4-10%, 2-Propenoic Acid, 2-Methyl-, Methyl Ester, Polymer with 1,3-Butadiene (Butadiene Acrylate) 1-5%, Polypropylene 0.01-1%, 2,5-Furandione, Polymer with Ethene and 1-Propene 0.01-0.1%, Polyethylene 0.001-0.05%;

Scrim: Continuous Filament Glass Fiber (Non-Respirable) 1-2%, 2-Propenoic Acid, Butyl Ester, Polymer with Ethyl 2-Propenoate, N-(Hydroxylmethyl)-2-Propenamide, 2-Propenamide and 2-Propenenitrile 0.01-0.2%;

Topical: Benzenesulfonic Acid, Hydroxy-, Monosodium Salt, Polymer with Formaldehyde and 4,4’-Sulfonylbis[phenol] 0.001-0.05%, 2-Propenoic Acid, 2-Methyl-, Butyl Ester, Polymer with Butyl 2-Propenoate and Methyl 2-Methyl-2-Propenoate 0-1%

*As reported by manufacturer and product HPD

AVAILABLE SIZING

12"x36" tiles

COLORS

A wide range of colorways

CERTIFICATIONS & DISCLOSURES
Health Product Declaration (HPD) icon-pdf Created with Sketch.
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Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
Other
Declare | Red List Free
Last Updated

May 06, 2019

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Spec Guidance

Prefer carpet tiles that attach with carpet tacks as opposed to adhesives. Carpet tacks allow for easy replacement of damaged tiles, and tend to be free of toxic additives that are common in traditional adhesives.

Avoid carpets with stain-resistant treatments such as PFAS (perfluoroalkyl substances). These chemicals (such as PFOA and PFOS) are persistent in the environment and linked to a wide range of health issues. Several companies have eliminated or are working on avoiding PFAs in their products.

Avoid carpets with vinyl and polyurethane backings — these often contain harmful plasticizers and/or flame retardants.

Avoid carpets containing fly ash, which may contain heavy metals such as mercury.

Look to established standards. The city of San Francisco currently has some of the strictest restrictions around carpets. Among other requirements, carpets must be Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver or higher, have HPDs or Declare labels, and be free of flame retardants, PFAs, fly ash, PVC, and polyurethane. (San Francisco Department of the Environment)

Updated July 16, 2019
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