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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.

The 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Coles Green Story

April 4th, 2014

We all affect the environment – and we rely upon it, too.

Coles is one of the few companies that actually thinks about what happens to used carpet and padding after it is taken out of a home. Over 90 percent of our pulled up flooring is shipped to one of two recycling companies where it is then separated, cleaned, and converted into various products. Coles Fine Flooring takes great pride in recycling our products and making the Earth greener, one floor at a time.

These days, there are so many ways to live an eco-friendly lifestyle. Products such as carpet, hard surfaces and even cleaning products are available for the green lifestyle. Wool and Jute are both great eco-friendly carpet options as well as the Bio-Floor Collection for those suffering from chemical sensitivity or those just concerned about the environmental impact of their products. The Bio-Floor Collection uses none of the dyes, pesticides or stain protectors used by most other carpet manufacturers.

There are also plenty of green options for hard surfaces. While Bamboo, Cork, Reclaimed Wood, and Rubber Tiles may be the first to come to mind for most people, did you know normal hardwood flooring can be eco-friendly, as well? For every package of flooring that environmentally conscious companies sell, they plant a tree to replace the one they use! Their facilities also use the latest equipment and technologies which help minimize waste and air pollution. This helps them produce some of the highest quality flooring in the world.

Coles is a landfill sensitive company and strongly opposes pollution. As a customer at Coles, you can be assured that you are getting the finest quality products and work with an environmentally conscious company that contributes to keeping the planet green.

Going Green with your Interior Design Projects

December 14th, 2009

Everyones joining the green movement, whether its purchasing a hybrid vehicle, reducing our water and energy use, or simply recycling, we should all be doing our part. When starting your next home design project, consider environmentally friendly alternatives to reduce your affect on the environment. Recycled materials typically cost less, and add the same charming decor to warm the spirits of your house.

Bamboo hard wood floors

When it comes to hardwood flooring. bamboo has become a popular option. A renewable resource that grows at exponential levels and has minimal affect on the environment. Its a very popular hardwood flooring option because it can be stained or painted any color. You can make it look like traditional hardwood floors, or use the bamboo to highlight a unique appearance. Bamboo adds an innovative style to the possibilities of hardwood flooring.

Bamboo furniture or Wall Covers

Bamboo also makes for an affordable furniture material, perfect for kitchen tables, chairs, and bar stools. In addition, it can be used as a wall covering to compliment your furniture. Since it grows so prolifically, it’s cheap to use, and has the great qualities of hard wood. Bamboo is functionally strong, so you know your investment will be around for a long time to come.

Recycled Wall Paper

This is a hot trend in interior design, although you might want to avoid recycling the bright 70s yellow Brady Bunch wallpapers you remember from your childhood. Many companies take existing pieces of wallpaper and recycle them to make fresh new designs. Scraps of existing paper or broken paper are then added to make material thats completely new. This saves wallpaper from ending up in a landfill and polluting the environment further.

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Make Use of Distressed Wood

Distressed wood can come from broken furniture, torn down houses and even old sail boats. Its much cheaper than new wood, but can still be reused to make quality products. The pieces are left as is, but can be sanded and stained to look new. Its great for making wooden tables, pieces of decoration, or even a cheaper option for installing hardwood flooring.

Windshield Carpet Backing

Although you wouldnt expect that you could make carpet from used windshields, they make excellent carpet backing. Tandus recently released Ethos, a modular carpet backing that uses waste from the manufacturers of windshields and safety glass to create a thermoplastic polymer. The non-chlorinated thermoplastic can be recycled repeatedly to divert it from landfills forever. How’s that for carpet excitement?

Redesign old drawers into furniture

Take a chest of drawers and build them into a new frame to create a charming but eco friendly new piece of furniture. This approach is retro and modern at the same time. Professional touches can range in the thousands of dollars, but find an innovative carpenter and you can probably work out a deal.

Wine Glass Furniture and Other Decorations

Some recycling companies refuse to recycle the green glass from which wine bottles are made of, leaving you with a nice collection if you save them from the landfill. These wine bottles can be cut and sanded into charming drinking glasses, lampshades, and candlestick holders. For a simpler approach, plant your wine bottles in the ground spout side down to create charming flower garden borders.

Reclaimed Wood Flooring In Your Home

August 20th, 2009

In addition to reclaimed wood flooring, Coles Fine Flooring offers an excellent selection of laminate. With its wide range of color and pattern choices, laminate is an excellent choice for any home. For the green home, a wood laminate floor provides the natural look of wood without the damage to the forest. Laminate is made using an image of the desired flooring which is separated into individual planks and then highly finished and pressurized. This process gives each plank tremendous durability while making the image appear pressed into the plank and completely natural. It also makes the laminate system versatile, as almost any image can be applied.

Even better, the only thing wooden in a wood laminate floor is the name. The actual laminate boards, because of the laminate technologys use of images, are made with much less wood than a typical wooden board of the same size. Likewise, laminate saves stone. Most people dont think about the impact of quarries, but the process of digging for stones to be used on stone floors damages the environment almost as much as deforestation.

Saving Trees With A Wood Laminate Floor

In addition to reclaimed wood flooring. Coles Fine Flooring offers an excellent selection of laminate. With its wide range of color and pattern choices, laminate is an excellent choice for any home. For the green home, a wood laminate floor provides the natural look of wood without the damage to the forest. Laminate is made using an image of the desired flooring which is separated into individual planks and then highly finished and pressurized. This process gives each plank tremendous durability while making the image appear pressed into the plank and completely natural. It also makes the laminate system versatile, as almost any image can be applied.

Even better, the only thing wooden in a wood laminate floor is the name. The actual laminate boards, because of the laminate technologys use of images, are made with much less wood than a typical wooden board of the same size. Likewise, laminate saves stone. Most people dont think about the impact of quarries, but the process of digging for stones to be used on stone floors damages the environment almost as much as deforestation.

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Putting It All Together

Whether you choose reclaimed wood or laminate, thinking about the environment is just the right thing to do. And with Coles Fine Flooring, you dont have to sacrifice selection to save the planet: we can help you find what you need while never losing sight of what the earth needs.

Hand Scraped Wood Floors

August 20th, 2009

Although hand scraped wood floors have been around for centuries, they have only recently begun to grow popular with modern audiences. Originally, handscraping was the only option for installing wood floors: carpenters had to level the boards on location to ensure that the floor would fit smoothly and sit level on the ground. It was impossible to get complete measurements ahead of time, meaning that an experienced craftsman had to accompany the materials to the job site to ensure that the work was completed properly.

In todays natural flooring market, handscraped wood floors are more of a luxury than a necessity. Instead of offering the required adjustments, handscraping offers such attributes as:

  • A hand-done look
  • Grain variation
  • Natural appearance
  • Enhanced texture
  • Visual richness

Better Than Other Natural Flooring?

But how does one objectively judge what richness is? Is it impossible to achieve a hand-done look unless you use handscraping? With todays range of natural flooring options, that hardly seems likely. Armstrong wood flooring alone offers a great variety with a much smaller price tag than handscraped flooring. Armstrongs commitment to quality ensures that you get a fabulous product every time. They have the customer service focus that the early handscrapers must have had, the same drive to make the best product possible. But Armstrong doesnt charge you an arm and a leg for that product.

Armstrong Wood Flooring: Selection And Quality

Armstrong has adapted the handscraping process to make beautiful, one-of-a-kind floors that wont break the bank. Armstrong wood flooring is hand-sculpted from start to finish. It is designed to look beautiful and function flawlessly. But Armstrong also offers modern conveniences: a unique interlocking floor system that eliminates the need for staples, tape, or glue of any kind, making it perfect for the do-it-yourselfer. With Armstrongs constantly expanding selection of woods from across the world, you are sure to find a wood you love.


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