I want to buy area rugs that will have the minimum possible negative impact on my family's health (crawling baby, spouse with allergies). Low to moderate budget. Are Ikea wool rugs the way to go? If not, any other ideas for non-offgassing, somewhat non-allergenic, but still comfy floor coverings?
So yes, the autism epidemic, plus all these recent exposés on phthalates, BPA and other VOCs, have me pretty freaked out about the under-researched health effects of chemical additives in common household materials. But the baby is starting to crawl, and we need something a bit softer to cover our existing laminate flooring.
Ideally, I'd like a carpet that, you know, just covers the floor, and DOESN'T release harmful fumes into the air or get flame-retardant chemicals on our kid or exacerbate my partner's allergies or hatch maggots
. But it is fiendishly difficult to find out for certain which carpets qualify, especially since the manufacturers seldom give information on which chemical treatments have been added to any given rug. I'd tentatively decided on this hideous wool rug
from Ikea, largely because 1. 100% wool = natural, right?, and 2. Ikea is supposedly somewhat greener and more health-conscious than other big-box stores. So, some questions:
1. Am I right that wool (with no latex underlayer) is the way to go for minimal offgassing and minimal chemical contamination?
If there's a healthier option out there (PET?)
, what might it be and where would I procure it?
2. Assuming I want to go with the wool option, is Ikea a good place to buy such a rug,
in terms of quality, durability, and relative avoidance of harmful chemical treatments?
Unfortunately, google searching mostly turns up fearmongering crackpot sites, and I'm finding it hard to weigh risks vs. benefits of each option in anything like a systematic way. Any firsthand accounts, or suggestions of ways to approach this?