11 Sustainable Rugs To Elevate Your Eco Friendly Home #sustainablerugs #ecofriendlyrugs #ethicalrugs #environmentallyfriendlyrugs #sustainablejungle Image by Parachute
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11 Sustainable Rugs To Elevate Your Eco Friendly Home #sustainablerugs #ecofriendlyrugs #ethicalrugs #environmentallyfriendlyrugs #sustainablejungle Image by Cold Picnic
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11 Sustainable Rugs To Elevate Your Eco Friendly Home #sustainablerugs #ecofriendlyrugs #ethicalrugs #environmentallyfriendlyrugs #sustainablejungle Image by Lorena Canals
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11 Sustainable Rugs To Elevate Your Eco Friendly Home


Sorry to pull the rug out from underneath you but that thing you’re standing on might be ruining what we’re all standing on. 

Comfy rugs may feel nice to the touch but their footprint is anything but soft on the planet.

94% of rugs today are made from plastic like polypropylene—which can be potentially toxic, especially when kept inside.

Let’s replace those planet-killing Persians with sustainable rugs

If you’re done tip-toe-ing around toxins, beat them out of your home with the colorful, finished-free rugs by Cold Picnic.

Parachute is out to save the day with elegant eco friendly rugs for your living room delivered carbon neutral.

In addition to having a zero waste production process, Lorena Canals makes the first-ever washable sustainable wool rugs.

We unravel our rug picking process at the foot of the article or read on for more of the best sustainable rug companies.

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1. COLD PICNIC

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About Cold Picnic

Despite its name, Cold Picnic will warm your home with a welcoming collection of blankets, pillows, and natural sustainable rugs.

From doormats to runner rugs to eco friendly oval rugs, you’ll find all shapes and sizes in a huge selection of abstract prints and bright colors.

Cold Picnic’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials:

Most of Cold Picnic’s eco friendly floor rugs are made of either 100% TEX New Zealand wool or bamboo silk, both of which are plaid with cotton backing.

They also offer more durable 100% hemp rugs, suitable as eco friendly patio rugs and the like, and 100% organic cotton bath mats.

All yarn is dyed in small batches using sustainable dyes and finished rugs bear no chemical coatings or fire retardants.

Supply chain & labor practices:

All rugs are hand-tufted in a GoodWeave and Care & Fair (C&F) certified factory in India, both of which require transparency ensuring no child labor, forced labor, or bonded labor.

Their bath mats are also made in India at a small, SA8000, GOTS, and GRS accredited facility.

Green business practices:

Their Indian rug factory runs entirely on solar energy, including the weaving machines.

They reuse much of the plastic wrapping and tubing used to protect the rugs during transport.

Their bath mats are packaged in locally sourced compostable bags and they’re switching to compostable bags for more of their home textiles.

Community & charitable giving:

In addition to their Indian rug factory fully funding a local school for 140 children, Cold Picnic has donated to an extensive list of nonprofits.

They do so by designing certain collections and donating all proceeds from them to certain organizations.

Most recently, they sponsored a contest for Black art and design students to create a capsule collection of blankets. The three winners will receive 100% of the profits.

Available: Cold Picnic


2. LORENA CANALS

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About Lorena Canals 

Woman-owned Lorena Canals is the carpet connoisseur for rectangular, round, runner, and silhouette eco rugs in a variety of styles and colors for any space, indoor or outdoor.

Not your run-of-the-mill sustainable rug manufacturer, their range includes unique interactive play rugs for those looking for eco friendly baby rugs.

Complete the room with their complementary decor, poofs (oversize pillows for seating or whatever), cushions, and kid’s toys.

Lorena Canals’ Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials:

Pure cotton, recycled cotton, and ethical wool make up the material trifecta for every Lorena Canals rug.

The most sustainable cotton rugs are those in their RugCycled ® line, made of upcycled production scraps.

Their cotton options are dyed using non toxic dyes while the Woolable sustainable wool rugs are undyed and get their color from the natural coats of different sheep.

Supply chain & labor practices:

Products are handmade under fair trade practices by a team of mostly-women artisans based in India.

The factory is ISO9001, 14001, and 18001 certified. 

Green business practices:

Aside from being 100% sustainable natural fibre rugs, they come packaged in a cotton tote bag.

The Woolable rugs are the first washable wool rugs, keeping them looking clean longer.

After launching the RugCycled® collection, Lorena Canals became zero waste, as this collection gave them the means to upcycle all scraps and leftovers.

This saves 90% of the water typically used in production, though they also employ water recycling methods.

Community & charitable giving:

The Sakûla Project is Lorena Canals’ charitable arm, which builds nurseries for underprivileged children in northern India. These nurseries provide safe spaces, free meals, and education.

This project also donates funding to an Indian public school.

Available: Lorena Canals


3. BURROW

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About Burrow

Burrow may be best known for eco friendly sofas, but its sustainable eco friendly rugs are nothing to shake a stick at either.

This American made furniture brand specializes in sustainable area rugs.

Between fashion-forward geometric patterns to classic grey speckles, you’ll find your feng shui no matter the room.

Burrow’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials:

With Burrow, you get eco friendly rugs for your living room made from recycled materials, wool, or natural materials.

The 100% wool Empire Rug and low-maintenance 100% recycled polyester Earl Grey Rugs are their most sustainable rugs.

For eco friendly baby rugs, the soft Ridge Rug is baby skin-friendly and made of wool and viscose.

Supply chain & labor practices:

Burrow ensures affordable eco friendly rugs by eliminating expensive middlemen and shares how these prices compare with other brands.

Green business practices:

For couches, Burrow uses FSC-certified wood suppliers who are members of the American Tree Farm System and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative.

They’re also committed to making durable products that won’t end up in landfills.  

Available: Burrow


4. BOUTIQUE RUGS

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About Boutique Rugs 

Boutique Rugs is a direct-to-consumer sustainable rug company based in the USA, though they ship globally.

In addition to light fixtures, throws, poufs, and decor, they (obviously) offer a selection of rugs.

Shop by color, size, material, or style—which encompasses a range from farmhouse to mid-century modern.

Their entire selection is not what we would consider eco friendly, so be sure to limit your search to those options that are sustainable.

Boutique Rugs’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials:

Their most sustainable rugs are those made with 100% jute, wool, and recycled PET lines.

Less sustainable rugs use blends of traditional cotton, viscose, and virgin polyester or polypropylene. While the leather, hide, and silk rugs do not specify the ethical conditions or manufacturing practices behind these materials.

None of Boutique Rug’s rugs contain chemicals that are considered harmful to humans or pets.

Supply chain & labor practices:

Each product description states where the product is made, predominantly in India and Argentina. 

However, we are not sure what (if any) ethical protections are in place in these factories and will be reaching out to inquire.

Green business practices:

Each product description also states how the product was made, whether by machine or, ideally, if knotted, tufted, or woven by hand.

Some rugs are machine washable to help them last longer.

They do not come with an incorporated non-stick bottom so any 100% natural material rugs are also compostable.

Available: Boutique Rugs


5. PARACHUTE

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About Parachute

Toxic home textiles got you (falling) down?

Parachute can remedy that.

All of their sustainable decor and home textiles—which includes everything from non toxic shower curtains to pillows—are OEKO-TEX 100 certified non toxic.

This includes sustainable wool rugs available in earthy tones and soft neutrals.

Parachute’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials:

Most of Parachute’s eco friendly rugs are made non-mulesed New Zealand wool and cotton, combined in various percentages. 

For outdoor and high traffic areas, check out their hand-braided jute rugs.

For a non-slip grip, pair any of these natural sustainable rugs with 100% recycled synthetics and latex-backed rug pad.

Supply chain & labor practices:

These ethical rugs are made in a Fair Trade Certified factory in Panipat, India that provides educational programs for employees’ children.

Many items are also Craftmark certified, identifying those handmade by traditional artisans. 

Green business practices:

Offering small swatches means you can try before you buy.

However, if you do need to return one it’ll be sent back (as it was sent to you) via carbon neutral shipping.

Rugs are made using partially renewable energy and shipped in 80% recycled mailers.

Community & charitable giving:

Parachute is involved in the UN’s Nothing but Nets and runs the Home For Dreams Initiative, a training and grant program dedicated to uplifting black-owned businesses.

Available: Parachute


6. FHYGGE

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About Fhygge

Fhygge is a portmanteau of the Danish coziness concept “Hygge” and the Taoist harmonious space concept “Feng”.

Aside from giving this sustainable rug brand its name, it defines its values.

In addition to lighting, prints, decor, and vintage fabric cushions, this female-founded brand makes organic rugs in the form of entry rugs, eco friendly runner rugs, full-size tapestry rugs, and custom sustainable rugs.

Fhygge’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials:

Choose between sustainable lifestyle rugs made from either jute, hemp, or a blend of wool and cotton, minimally colored with vegetable-based dyes.

They also offer a PVC vinyl mat for under the rug but since PVC is a type of plastic we don’t want in the house, we wouldn’t recommend this.

Supply chain & labor practices:

Fhygge is based in Barcelona, Spain, but we’re not sure where their rugs are made. We will be reaching out to ask about both this and their wool sourcing policies.

Green business practices:

Etsy orders will be delivered via carbon offset shipping.

Available: Etsy


7. LOOMY

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About Loomy

Enabling consumers to buy ethical rugs directly from the artisans themselves, Loomy is “the right way to rug.” 

Whether you’re in need of eco friendly runner rugs or decorative eco friendly rugs for your kitchen, Loomy offers a dedicated range of sustainable rugs.

They also offer custom sustainable rugs and complimentary rug styling.

Loomy’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials:

Expect to see some of the following when you look through Loomy’s environmentally friendly rugs: ethically sourced New Zealand wool, jute, cotton, hemp, and banana silk—all of which are biodegradable.

Some exceptions include eco friendly outdoor rugs made from recycled plastic water bottles. 

Loomy also only uses OEKO-TEX-certified materials and low-impact dyes. 

Supply chain & labor practices:

From “loom to room” the brand is backed up by a transparent supply chain across the indigenous community of weavers.

Green business practices:

More than 2% of American landfills are made up of rugs. Loomy is attempting to change this by prioritizing meticulous, small-batch handcrafting to ensure your Loomy rug lasts many years.

Available: Loomy


8. MADE TRADE

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About Made Trade

As far as sustainable stores go, woman-owned Made Trade is one of the best.

While they’re not sustainable rug manufacturers, they do curate rugs from the best of the best (i.e. those that are fair trade, heritage, made in the USA, vegan, and more).

Not only do they source ethical furniture, but all you would need to go with it. 

Their selection of beautiful organic and sustainable rugs guarantees you’ll find the right color, design, size, and shape to go in any room.

Made Trade’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials:

The fabric selection is just as diverse as the rugs themselves, with common materials like jute, organic cotton, and wool.

That said, not every rug is equally sustainable, so be sure to read the description.

Supply chain & labor practices:

Made Trade shares where each product has been made and information about each brand. 

You’ll see many rugs made using traditional techniques, associated with direct trade or fair trade programs, and/or certified by GoodWeave.

Green business practices:

Made Trade is Carbon Neutral and offsets all shipping emissions. 

Community & charitable giving:

They’re a member of 1% for the Planet.

Available: Made Trade


9. RAWGANIQUE

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About Rawganique

Rawganique may just be the only sustainable rug company run by off-grid homesteaders—enough said? 

The brand sells some of the best raw, minimally-processed, vegan, non-toxic and hypoallergenic products.

With everything from organic linen curtains to eco friendly slippers, natural sustainable indoor rugs are a natural feature of Rawganique’s clean home offerings.

Rawganique’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials:

For sustainable hemp rugs, Rawganique has your back (er, floor).

Their minimal but essential range of organic sustainable rugs includes those made of 100% hemp, a blend of organic cotton and hemp, and a blend of organic hemp and wool.

Supply chain & labor practices:

Rawganique’s fibers are sustainably grown in Europe, where most are also processed in a chemical and sweatshop-free workshop.

A handful of items are made in the USA. 

Their supply chain ends with the final processing of the sustainable rugs in Canada or the USA.

Green business practices:

Rawganique’s list of materials across their whole product line is small—just cotton, hemp, and wool—but their list of prohibited substances is long.

You won’t find VOCs, formaldehyde, PVC, plastic, latex, dioxin, or harmful chemicals.

Available: Rawganique


10. FAB HABITAT

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About Fab Habitat

Fab Habitat is the family-owned USA sustainable rug brand blending high style with low prices.

Their range includes affordable eco friendly rugs, doormats, and hammocks.

Fab Habitat’s Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials:

For inside, choose between sustainable jute rugs, jute/wool rugs, or recycled cotton rugs (sourced from cut-offs, scraps, and leftovers from the textile industry).

The eco friendly patio rugs and doormats are made from otherwise discarded coconut husk coir. This is similar to sisal, for those seeking sustainable sisal rugs.

Larger outdoor rugs are made of waterproof and stain-resistant recycled polypropylene—recycling about 279 containers per 5’x8’ rug!

Supply chain & labor practices:

These ethical rugs are handmade in India under GoodWeave certified and fair trade adhering practices that ensure safe and voluntary working conditions.

Green business practices:

In addition to being reversible (two rugs in one, anyone?), they’re also pet-friendly, machine washable, and resistant to UV damage, mold, and mildew, helping them last longer.

When they do wear out, all rugs except the outdoor ones are fully compostable.

No wonder they were awarded the SustainAbility Award by the New York International Gift Fair.

Community & charitable giving:

As a supporter of the Navjeevan Society, Fab Habitat helps better the lives of individuals with special needs in India.

Available: Fab Habitat


11. TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES

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About Ten Thousand Villages

Ten Thousand Villages unique “maker-to-market” model effectively cuts out the middleman, maximizing artisan wages.

With a vast range covering all your shopping needs—games, gifts, supplies for the kitchen, bathroom, and office, jewelry, sustainable outdoor furniture and vintage home decor—shaggy eco friendly rugs are just the beginning.

They’re also a good place to look out for budget eco friendly rugs.

Ten Thousand Villages’ Ethical and Sustainability Practices

Materials:

TTV’s sustainable eco friendly rugs utilize natural and recycled fabrics like cotton, jute, and upcycled saris.

Supply chain & labor practices:

Better than fair trade, TTV ensures their artisans are receiving enough pay to contribute to sustainable business practices. 

They’ve supported 20,000 artisans in 30+ developing countries, many of whom are women, people with disabilities, and others often excluded from the global economy.

Green business practices:

TTV prefers to work with brands with energy-efficient workshops, small supply chains to minimize shipping emissions, and those that prioritize recycled, renewable, and locally sourced materials.

Beyond that, they help their artisans grow into thriving sustainable businesses. 

Community & charitable giving:

Shoppers have the option to donate more to provide microloans to ensure additional livelihood opportunities for artisans.

Available: Ten Thousand Villages


WHAT MAKES A RUG SUSTAINABLE?

We didn’t sweep anything under the rug when it came to finding the best eco friendly floor rugs.

Which is why we want you to understand exactly how we picked these brands, using our sustainable fashion criteria:

Materials:

It is possible to make rugs without plastic—even if the industry tells us otherwise.

But what are the most eco friendly rugs?

Natural and organic sustainable rugs, meaning those made purely from sustainable fabrics that can compost at end-of-life. This means materials like recycled/organic cotton, hemp, wool, bamboo silk, and banana silk.

While fine for sustainable indoor rugs, we want something more durable for sustainable outdoor rugs, like recycled synthetics, jute, and coconut coir.

Rugs are often treated with chemical compounds known to release carcinogens like benzene, toluene, xylene, and formaldehyde.

Stomp out these toxins by choosing rugs colored with eco dyes and not treated with chemical finishes or flame retardants.

Supply chain and labor practices:

Ethical rug brands shouldn’t be shy about lifting up their rugs.

To roll up any greenwashing that comes our way, we look for transparent information about where our products came from, who made them, and how they were treated. Even better if the brand has a third-party certification.

Green business practices:

We’re willing to shell out for a large sustainable area rug produced in a way that’s conscious of environmental impact—whether through renewable energy-powered facilities, water-saving manufacturing, carbon offset programs, or eco-friendly packaging. 

Community & charitable giving:

While not required, we’re quick to jump out of bed and onto a new ethical rug when we know some of the profits go toward making the world a better place. 


FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE BEST SUSTAINABLE RUGS

Wendell Berry said, “What I stand for is what I stand on.”

Now you can take these words literally by investing in a durable, ethically-made, and sustainable rug.

Whether you’re trying to keep your toes happy or looking to brighten up that hardwood floor, environmentally friendly rugs can make for the responsible foundation. 

But before buying new, consider a local or online thrift store. There are no better budget eco friendly rugs, especially when it also means saving one from the landfill.

Know anyone who’s remodeling their home?

We’d be floored if you shared this list of sustainable rug brands with them. Together, we can lay the groundwork for non toxic homes everywhere.


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