Look no further, you’ve come to the right spot. Though we’ve written in the past about the best places to take your carpet or flooring solution when you’re ready to recycle it, today we’re looking at a whole different beast- reusing.
More often than you’d think, we get questions about the difference. Reuse and Recycle are two of the three R’s—reduce, reuse, recycle. If every one of us consciously keeps these in the back of our mind in the smaller day-to-day decisions like cleaning or organizing, we can substantially decrease the size of the earth’s carbon footprint.
Sounds like a tall order, doesn’t it? Well let’s start small and work our way up. SO- the differences. Reusing is actively looking for a different way to use the same item in a completely new capacity. Example- You can’t use your hand weights anymore because you’ve sustained an injury. Instead, they will work quite nicely as door stoppers for the creaky door downstairs. Recycling on the other hand means that you take the item to a recycling center, where they’ll most likely combine it with other same items, break them down to a frequently used element and see where and in what, they can use that same element. Example? It’s recommended that you recycle your cellphone batteries, so that any toxic elements don’t end up in the wrong dump. When you take them to a recycling center, they’ll combine the batteries, break them down to materials they can use, and use that material to build something else.
So what are some ways that you can reuse your carpet once it’s really on its last leg? The first thing you want to do is level set on its current quality. Is it really on its last leg, or does it just not belong front and center in front of your in-laws when they come to call? If the latter is the case, then there is probably an area of your home where it belongs a bit better. Though this may sound like an adventure in re-installation, it’s really not. Give us a call and we’ll help you determine if this route makes sense.
Depending on what flooring solution you chose, the possibilities really are endless. If you chose a bamboo or vinyl flooring and you’re not ready to see it go, you can look into using this material as a surface for all sorts of pieces of furniture. Because these varietals are so durable, they’re great for DIY cutting board spaces. If you chose carpet, just look at the carpet as a luxurious, swanky piece of material- perfect for covering cushions. Alternatively, you can explore the route of area rugs, even combining multiple styles of rug for a cool and unique look.
When in doubt, give us a shout! You know there’s nothing Knox Carpets likes better than discussing the different ways that we can extend the shelf life of these already durable and comfortable flooring solutions.