CARPET FOR LIFE INITIATIVE
Customers often ask us what we do with all of the old carpet we take away from their properties. In the past, we will admit, that majority of it was sent to landfill- and, in some cases it still is. During each carpet installation, Marty will assess any old carpet that he replaces to see if it can have a second life.
If your old carpet is in a re-sellable condition, we will happily roll it up in room sizes for you if you would like to re-sell it yourself.
We don’t believe in double dipping in order to earn a buck: that is, we will not re-sell second hand carpet for a profit- EVER. Most of the time take up is just too old, worn and in some cases soiled to be re-used. These carpets are promptly taken to the tip!
However, we are also called in to replace carpets that aren’t so far gone that they NEED to go to the tip. These carpets have prompted us to start the Carpet For Life Initiative in our local area, in an effort to minimise our environmental impact.
“It feels good to know that our carpet donations can help so many organisations throughout Melbourne and the Yarra Valley.”
Did you know we have a hidden page on our site where wildlife carers, animal rescues, vets and council run pounds can place orders for good-condition second hand carpets and offcuts to be delivered to their doors?
These pieces of carpet are used to line animal enclosures, pet carriers, create scratching posts and bedding, as well as much more. This idea has been helped by Keely from Kitten Rescue Melbourne.
To date we have nearly 30 rescues, carers and shelters that benefit from this, with a list to be published on our site in the near future.
Did you know that used carpet makes amazing targets for archery?
Neither did we until we were contacted by a Yarra Valley resident! It turns out targets made out of carpet have greater arrow-stopping potential, whilst causing less damage to the arrows. This gentleman, as well as some of his mates, pick up a trailer of old carpet every few months to turn into targets for their local archery clubs.
Local scout and sports halls LOVE receiving carpet off-cut** donations.
Whenever possible, we try to pre-cut the carpet into 500×500 squares so that these organisations can use them as mats for their children to sit on. We have even begun re-using foam underlay as a base layer for these mats for added comfort and insulation against the cold, hardwood floors generally found in these halls.
We strongly believe that as a business, and as people, we must do whatever we can to help preserve our environment for future generations. While there is no real way for us to measure the environmental impact this initiative has, we can measure the good it does for our local community.
If any of the above is something that may benefit you, or your club, please get in touch here today. Alternatively, if you can think of anyone else who may benefit from old carpet, please let us know!
**Off-cuts are pieces of brand new carpet left over after an installation, usually from an undersized room. This carpet is offered to customers for mats, rugs or hallway runners prior to them being discarded.