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Carpets going green from the ground up

Sustainability is far from being swept under the rug at Gloucester Carpet Outlet, it is forming the base for much of what they do.

That starts from the ground up and joint managing partner Dan Leach said the latest range of innovative solutions is building on a long tradition.

He said: "Throughout the last 200 years, carpets have always been produced using wool and the durability makes British wool much stronger product than man-made fibres.

"Brintons Carpets, who are UK based and one of the oldest manufactures in the world, use one fleece for each square metre and is backed by the British Wool Foundation."

Tradition is one thing, but the need for a green approach has seen plenty of innovative approaches

Some products, however, stem from a slightly less conventional approach.

And according to Mr Leach, bombproof carpets made from bamboo are just the start.

"We sell miles of a fantastic product from Lano which is from corn glucose," he said. "Massive vats crush corn and this is used to produce some of the strongest-wearing carpets used around Europe which avoids petroleum and is great with a commercial setting.

"The manufacturer Newhey uses recycled plastic bottles to make sure the backing of its products is harder.

"And we have been suppling all different types of underlay, one of which is SpringBond which uses plastic bottles recycled from bottles taken from the sea and will continue to be improved."

He continued: "Tredmore underlay uses a crumb rubber underlay where each square meter is a fantastic use of one recycled car tyre."

It is not just the flooring options which are sustainable with the company investing £20,000 in bailers which reduce landfill waste, as well as upgrading the lights at the company's Bristol Road store and warehouse, while lights in the car park have been switch to LED to use less power.

Read more about Gloucester Carpet Outlets environmental changes in the latest online edition of Punchline magazine - The Green Issue.

To contact Gloucester Carpet Outlet telephone 01452 413513 or visit gloucestercarpetoutlet.co.uk 

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