One move toward
going green is to use what already exists. We can understand why you wouldn't necessarily want a used rug but what about a recycled one? Here are some options worth retreading:
The Smart Rug (in Oriental Turkish Plum) by Good Common Sense is made from recycled soda bottles! Not only are the designs and colors great, but the rug can live in a dining room or on a back porch. It's easy to clean, reversible, and looks more expensive than it really is. We've seen these rugs around a lot and Good Common Sense has the largest selection yet.
Urban Outfitters weighs in with a woven rug made from recycled bike tires. It only comes in black, of course, but it's a decent size (3'x5') and completely affordable ($28).
This stunning circular floor mat by Inghua Ting (and available at Branch) is made entirely from vintage leather belts! It's rather small (27.5" diameter) and pretty pricey ($648) but it'll certainly get noticed.
For the shag lovers out there, Gaiam introduces the Reclaimed T-Shirt Spaghetti Rug. The large (5'x7') and heavy (40 lbs.) rug is hand-hooked and made from unused t-shirt factory remnants. Unused, in this case, is good because we wouldn't want to have to think about walking around on someone else's pit stains!
• Potholder Rug
• Recycled Plastic Doormat
• Sources for Cool Indoor/Outdoor Rugs