Stockings made of fishing nets, garments made of rhubarb leather, bottles made of sugar cane; there are no limits to creativity along the path to a more sustainable life. But what does a carpet made of recycled PET bottles actually feel like?

PET CARPETS BY LIV INTERIOR –
WHEN PLASTIC BOTTLES TURN INTO FLOOR DECORATION

Category: Living     Text: Sandra Gawlowski
Stockings made of fishing nets, garments made of rhubarb leather, bottles made of sugar cane; there are no limits to creativity along the path to a more sustainable life. But what does a carpet made of recycled PET bottles actually feel like?
One thing is crystal clear. In Germany, most of the empty PET bottles are recycled before they are refilled and end up in the supermarket once again. But the process of this recycling cycle itself isn’t as clear. Contrary to the prevailing assumption that a bottle can be 100% recycled, the reality is that some of the material is not at all suitable for the new products. This is where the company liv interior comes in and makes a virtue out of necessity by creating a carpet.

Stylish, soft and sustainable, too: Carpets from recycled PET bottles are a real head turner.
Every day, machines in India’s recycling plants convert waste from the recycling process into manageable ‘flakes’ and remove all labels and other residues from them. Then these shreds are melted down, stretched into threads, twisted into yarn and pulled onto spools. Woven by hand and meeting ethical production specifications, the result is a durable carpet made from 100 percent recycled plastic. Admittedly, this sounds quite ridiculous at first (and even at second). How could polyethylene terephthalate (PET) achieve all the things we love flooring textiles? How could it provide equal style, cosiness and soft texture that doesn’t just sweep icy toes under the rug, but instead caresses them lovingly?
One thing is certain, and that’s that LALA, ALEGRE, NINIA and all the other PET carpets somehow, manage to do it; to the full extent and to varying degrees. In terms of look and feel, they are really in no way inferior to their cotton competitors. They are woven minimally tighter, but neither at first sight nor at first touch is there an unpleasant feeling of cold, hard plastic. Thanks to their artificial and dirt-repellent fibres, they are just as easily cared for in an outdoor setting as they are inside. So neither sunlight, harsh weather conditions nor the beloved barbecue sauce will make a mark on this carpet, thanks to the 30 °C washing machine cycle.

LALA is available in the dimensions 140 x 200cm and 200 x 300cm.
With the colourful range of PET carpets, which are produced in an energy and resource-conserving manner, liv interior takes an important step towards sustainable living and environmental protection. The company, whose carpets carry the GoodWeave seal, also scores in social commitment. The seal represents certified production without exploitative child labour, compliance with minimum social and ecological standards, transparency and unannounced monitoring throughout the entire production process.
In close cooperation with the GoodWeave programme, liv interior also supports health care, information campaigns on human rights and support for weavers’ children. All in all, liv interior is a company that brings top products onto the market under good conditions and at the same time manages to remain pretty grounded.

Every carpet is marked with the GoodWeave seal, which certifies its compliance with minimum social standards. More information about the collection can be found here

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