PET Polyester carpet – eco-friendly flooring options

PET carpet has been in use since 1991 and is going strong. Some people, however, still run into the crusty old salesperson who remembers the terrible polyester carpet of the 70’s and 80’s that would crush flat within days of installation. This is not the same material and it’s a shame that some people just can’t get over the past.
First, check out the graphic below to see how it’s made.

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PET fiber has been in use for a few years now.  In fact, this fiber is exciting in more than one way.
It’s softer than nylon.
It’s green – made from recycled soda and ketchup bottles.

That story alone (the soda bottle story) usually grabs attention faster than anything else. Imagine a carpet made from 100% post-consumer waste. Of course, this is the fiber and not the backing, but it’s still something to get excited about.

The above image shows the steps in the process:
A – used soda/water bottles are collected
B – they are cleaned and ground into chips
C – the chips are sent to
D – the extrusion processor that turns them into
E – bales of yarn ready to be turned into
F – carpet!

Here are some of the advantages of PET fiber
Superior resistance to soils & stains.
Superb abrasion and wear resistance.
Bright coloration with excellent colorfastness.
Soft feel.
Fibers with static control.
Low moisture absorption.
Over 150 million yards installed since 1991.
Competitively-priced – more face weight for your money.
I get a lot of inquiries about this process and how the fiber holds up over time. Feel free to leave a comment or send an email.

Chris – Email

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4 responses to “PET Polyester carpet – eco-friendly flooring options

  1. Carpet made from recycled bottles that got my attention right as I saw it

  2. Hi Chris, Great info on the “New ” Polyester. My question involves Olefin. If a carpet is made with 100% permastrand BCF olefin, what makes it better than the basic Olefin without permastrand? In other words, what is permastrand and how does it make Olefin a better performer?

    • Dan,
      Great question. Permastrand is simply the mill name for their olefin.
      There may be subtle differences such as how much the fiber is scrubbed to remove processing oils. Kraus does the best job at this and it makes a big difference.
      It’s like calling roe “caviar.” It just takes one bite to realize it’s just a name.

  3. Chris, My husband and I are installing this new PET polyester carpet in our family room and 2 of our bedrooms, how does this compare to nylon? Is it better? Does it ware down fast being this will likely be a high traffic area? We dont want to spend alot of money on something and it end up being just junk, the carpet is a lot cheaper then some others just wanted to make sure it is worth it.
    Thank you!

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