EPA designated recycled-content polyester carpet for moderate-wear applications. Recycled fiber polyester carpet is manufactured from PET recovered soda bottles.
- Recommended Recovered Materials Content Ranges
- Product Specifications
- Product Information
- Additional Links
EPA's Recovered Materials Advisory Notice (RMAN) recommends recycled-content levels for purchasing carpeting as shown in the table below.
EPA's Recommended Recovered Materials Content Levels for Carpet ╣
|Product||Material||Postconsumer Content (%)||Total Recovered Materials Content (%)|
|Polyester Carpet Face Fiber||PET||25-100||25-100|
╣EPA recommends that, based on the recovered materials content levels shown in the table above, procuring agencies establish minimum content standards for use in purchasing polyester carpet for moderate-wear applications. This recommendation does not include polyester carpet for use in heavy-wear or severe-wear applications.
Procuring agencies should also refer to GSA's minimum density recommendations, as follows:
- Cut pile constructions: 5,000 ounces/yard
3 minimum density
- Loop pile constructions: 4,500 ounces/yard 3 minimum density
While numerous carpet specifications exist, the members of the carpet industry do not utilize any universal standards. Specifications vary and are determined based on the particular factors of the installation. The project's designer, architect, general contractor, and/or facility manager typically decide the specifications. Some procuring agencies, such as the Department of the Army and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, have developed their own specifications for end-use carpet applications. These specifications should be readily available to procurement officials in those agencies.
of Manufacturers and Suppliers
This database identifies manufacturers and suppliers of polyester carpet containing recovered materials.
The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has an online ordering system and publishes various supply catalogs, guides, and schedules for recycled-content products through the Federal Supply Service.
Buy-Recycled Series: Construction Products (PDF) (11 pp, 104K, About PDF)
This fact sheet highlights the construction products designated in the CPG, including polyester carpet, and includes case studies, recommended recovered-content levels, and a list of resources.
Technical Background Documents
These background documents include EPA's product research on recovered-content polyester carpet as well as a more detailed overview of the history and regulatory requirements of the CPG process.