POLLUTANT-FREE RUGS - FOR A SAFE HOME
Unfortunately, pollutants are a near-constant part of our everyday lives. Exhaust scandals, heavy metals in food - the media is full of these stories and nobody is really shocked by this news any more. The effects of pollutants on our health can be devastating.
Find out more about pollutants and how you can avoid them, at least when it comes to rugs.
What are pollutants?
In general terms, a substance is considered a pollutant if, under certain conditions, it is harmful to humans, animals, plants or entire ecosystems. In this case, a distinction can be made between natural pollutants, such as rock dust or fungal toxins, and artificial pollutants, for example artificial mineral fibres or pesticides. Pollutants come in all shapes and colours - whether organic or inorganic, big or small, anything can be a pollutant.
What makes pollutants so dangerous?
Depending on the type and intensity of intake and, of course, on the pollutant itself, the effects of pollutants on health vary greatly. Allergies are relatively weak effects of pollutants. Children are particularly vulnerable because their immune system is not yet fully developed and they are therefore much more sensitive to allergens and pollutants than adults.
Pollutants, especially house dust and dust mites living in it, also trigger asthma. The right choice of rug and cleaning method can actively counteract this problem. Important information can be found in our article on rugs for allergy sufferers. The most severe effects of pollutants come at very high exposure. For certain substances, this can lead to paralysis or even death.
How can you protect yourself?
It is virtually impossible to protect yourself fully against all the pollutants you are exposed to in everyday life. You would have to put yourself permanently in quarantine and even then pollutants can come into your body in the food that you eat. But if you keep a few things in mind, you can at least minimise the risk of pollutants from rugs. One important aspect here is the cleaning of the rug. But what about pollutants that could be contained in the rug fibres themselves?
Pollutant-free children's rugs - Why is this so important?
Pollutants are a particular danger for children, which is why toys are subjected to the strictest controls. But that does not mean that the rest of the nursery is pollutant-free. For example, rugs are not always strictly tested, even children's rugs. These are not explicitly regarded as toys, which is why the stringent EU toy guidelines often do not apply. Children are particularly likely to come into contact with rugs. Toddlers like to nibble on everything that comes into their hands. When playing, children often crawl on the floor for hours, rubbing heavily on the rug fibres - meaning that the list of potential exposures to pollutants is long. It is therefore all the more important to ensure that rugs in children's rooms are free of pollutants.
Children's rug collection Bambini
Pollutant-free children's rugs - Seals that you can trust
Fortunately, there are institutions that thoroughly inspect rugs for harmful substances and label their rugs free of pollutants. These seals guarantee that rugs are completely non-hazardous and safe for your children to play on. At benuta, your health and that of your children is our top priority. Therefore, make sure you choose pollutant-free children's rugs, particularly when furnishing your nursery. We would now like to introduce you to two quality seals and standards that distinguish our rugs and you can rely on.
The GUT seal
The GUT seal is awarded by the Association of Environmentally Friendly Carpets (Gemeinschaft umweltfreundlicher Teppichboden). It was founded in 1990 in Aachen by leading European rug manufacturers for the continuously improvement of the environmental and consumer friendliness of textile floor coverings. The GUT seal is not limited to a comprehensive pollutant test. In addition, the seal guarantees the environmental sustainability of production processes, minimal emissions and odours in new textile floor coverings and the recycling of old rugs and production waste. In addition, GUT provides a list of substances which are subject to a prohibition on use or a threshold, which is regularly amended and revised.
Oeko-Tex Standard 100
The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 applies to all textile raw materials, intermediate and end products and confirms that the product has been tested for a total of 100 pollutants and found to be free of harmful substances. The seal is awarded by the International Community for Research and Testing in the field of textile ecology, which currently includes 15 neutral testing and research institutes in Europe and Japan. A large number of our rugs are tested for harmful substances and bear the Oeko-Tex seal. You can see from the additional information on our product page whether the rug of your choice has also been given the seal.
This seal is not limited to the rug fibres, but includes all product components. The test criteria are the same throughout the world, so the place of manufacture and purchase do not play a role. In addition, the lab tests are very comprehensive as they take all possible pathways into account. Random inspections of already certified products guarantee that the quality standards have been maintained even after receipt of the seal. As a final check, you can even check the validity of the seal yourself using the test number.
The topic of pollutants in rugs is not covered frequently in the media, so we hope that we have been able to convey the importance of this topic to you. If you pay attention to the seals and cleaning tips that we have mentioned, you can be sure that your home and children's room are a good deal more pollution-free and your health is better protected.