Because they don't need adhesives to install, modular carpet is one of the easiest ways to go green. You buy the squares, then configure them any way you like. They're held in place without toxic adhesives so they're easy to install, easy to clean, and easy on the environment. Look for modular carpet made from recycled material.
Design options are endless with modular carpet. In this children's room, the assymetrical, mismatched squares create a fun and funky play area.
Go green (or white)! This is a great example of a monochromatic modular rug, configured to fit perfectly under the dining and living area. Notice the dark hardwood floor peeking out on the left.
For an area rug, think natural fibers. Sisal, seagrass, jute...these natural fibers are grown and harvested sustainably, and are easy to clean.
See how the pink border on the sisal area rug highlights the pink bed linens in this girls' bedroom? You can customize a natural fiber rug with a variety of colorful borders.
Another bordered sisal rug. Not just for hardwood floors, this sisal rug helps to define a play space in this children's room. As always, use a mat underneath to prevent the rug from skidding and to protect the floor.
For a more elegant look, try a natural fiber blend, like jute/chenille or sisal/wool. The rug under this couch looks like a sisal/wool blend, which provides the durability of sisal with the warmth and softness of wool.
No article about eco-friendly rugs would be complete without a nod to antique rugs, which follow the cardinal principal of "reuse." The golds and reds in these antique runner rugs complement the dark wood floors and furnishings.