The nowadays used manmade, petroleum based fibres are the stable input for textile floorings. Given the limited supply of crude oil, building an industry on it is a dead end street. This also applies to latex. Latex used in traditionally manufactured carpets is limited in supply (supply has dropped over recent years), is of high costs and once vulcanized makes the carpets unrecyclable. In the traditional production of carpets, raw materials are processed to create a product that, at the end of the product´s life, is burned in incinerators or is used in the cement industry. Modern developments allow up to approximately 20% recycling of the pile as a low quality fibre material.
- ERUTAN uses natural, renewable materials only.
- Sustainability is kept in mind during all steps in the production process.
- We service with a minimal carbon footprint.
- During the production as little as possible water is used.
- It uses pesticide free, traceable wool, which is scoured with enzymes at low temperature and less water consumption compared to conventional scouring processes.
- The enzymatic scouring also leads to improved natural elasticity and quality of the wool and thus of the carpet in general.
- ERUTAN is reducing the environmental (water) footprint of textile floor coverings.
- After being tufted or woven, it is “backed” in an natural process. By doing so, the synthetic, high temperature cured latex is eliminated completely from the carpet production.
- Since the carpet has no chemical footprint, it can be either recycled (the wool can be reused for carpets or other textile products) and/or ultimately used as a substrate for horticulture (no pesticides/chemical additives).
- The latter means that a consumer production such as a carpet can at the end of its life cycle return to nature and, moreover, contribute to the agricultural food supply.
- The ERUTAN-product therefore is expected to be a qualitative step beyond the currently produced floor coverings with potential economic impact also in other manufacturing sectors in Europe.