02 Apr '17, 7am

America’s Carpet Industry Needs Cleaning Up https://t.co/go37CnRx9l

America’s Carpet Industry Needs Cleaning Up https://t.co/go37CnRx9l

This is a terrible situation, especially considering that synthetic carpets are made from oil, a non-renewable resource. In landfills, they biodegrade very slowly, leach dangerous chemicals into the ground, contribute to methane emissions, and take up a lot of space. When incinerated (a process that the carpet industry calls “transformation”), they release persistent organic pollutants, endocrine disruptors, and other hazardous chemicals like dioxin, mercury, and lead. Often these incinerators are located in low-income neighborhoods, which means that nearby disadvantaged residents are the ones who suffer higher cancer rates, heart attacks, strokes, pulmonary disease, and asthma.

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/americas-carpet-industry-need...

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