Greener Carpet Made from Corn by Mohawk

Greener Carpet Made from Corn by Mohawk

Trent Johnson
Jan 27, 2009

There are a couple new lines of carpet from Mohawk are easier to clean (with just water and no harsh chemicals), require 30 percent less energy to make and last just as long. One is made from recycled bottles and the other from corn!

Carpet made from recycled plastic bottles seems like a logical step (see these rugs made from recycled plastic bottles) in recycled materials but carpet made from corn?

The process isn't so simple and with the ethanol boom/concerns over increased corn prices, it may not be as environmentally sound as other options - but it is good to see green innovation. Basically, fully matured corn is harvested, the sugar extracted, and then fermented. The end product is turned into a renewably sourced polymer and spun into carpet fiber. Supposedly it takes 30 percent less energy to make when compared with nylon but is made from more natural sources. Priced at $16 / square yard, it's quite expensive but for those who need carpet that must be green, it is an option.

From their Web site:

  • The production of Sorona┬« polymer requires 30 percent less energy than the production of an equal amount of nylon.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from the production of Sorona┬« are 63 percent lower than nylon manufacturing.
  • This energy reduction results in approximately one gallon of gasoline saved per every seven square yards of carpet.

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