Friday, July 06, 2018

Pappelina plastic rugs: are we sure about that?

The current debate over plastics in the environment might give one pause in thinking about purchasing more plastic. Plastic disposal is a big environmental problem. The bigger discussion shouldn’t be just about plastic: it must be about product lifecycle design. The lifecycle of any item that is manufactured for single use has different concerns than a product that is used for decades (or longer). A plastic sack that carries a few groceries can take hundreds of years to decompose -- this clearly is a poor material choice for a disposable item that could be replaced with reusable or more readily compostable materials!

Pappelina uses only ethically-produced, environmentally-responsible materials. At the most basic, rugs are made by weaving lengthwise fibers (warp) around widthwise fibers (weft). Normally, the weft provides the color, pattern, and texture of the rug -- Pappelina uses the same process (see more here below in a very cool video!) Pappelina weave fibers are produced from pure polyester, manufactured in Germany. The weft is produced from pure PVC ribbons, made in Sweden from virgin materials. Both PVC and polyester are endlessly recyclable -- meaning that excellent quality new fibres can be produced from old materials -- something of which not all plastic materials are capable.

The best way to recycle is to never have to recycle; building products that last a lifetime means that the energy and materials that are consumed never need to be consumed again. With some simple care (like washing and air drying), Pappelina rugs can last a lifetime. When that lifetime is finished, they can be directly turned into new products.

Award-winning Pappelina designs are manufactured to last and will remain a stylish addition to your home for decades. Right now, during the Fjorn Hello Midsummer sale, you can get your favorite designs on sale, with free shipping. Come see them yourself at our beautiful shop in Carmel-by-the-Sea, or online at

So yes, we are sure about Pappelina plastic rugs!

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