How to Buy an Awesome Eco Friendly Rug Pad

The Third Video in my Series...

 

How to Make your Home Feel Awesome

 
 

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Hi! This is Maggie of Maggie Minor Designs and my dog, Cai, who thinks that I’m on the floor of my apartment to play with him, but actually I’m here to make a video about rug pads as part of my series about how to make your home feel awesome.

This is the part in the series that I’m really excited about, because one of the things that I’m going to introduce is a lot of eco-friendly—and I call them people-friendly—products that I’m really excited about. One of my goals in my new home is to have as many natural materials as possible. Not only so that they break down in landfills once their life is done with me and my family, but also so that I’m not inhaling all these chemicals.

Yeah, I think there’s a lot of things that we don’t know or haven’t investigated on purpose... and I would prefer to have natural materials in my house without any chemicals. I mean, they work together, people-friendly, eco-friendly, I mean, it all marries together. It makes perfect sense to me.

So, rug pads. I have high ceilings in my apartment and I have wooden floors, so there is a lot of echoing in this apartment, so I knew that I had to have rugs and I knew that I had to have rug pads to kind of get rid of some of the echoing and the sound and also so that my downstairs didn’t want to murder me.

I spent a lot of time looking at rug pads and a lot of them were just plastic and I’ve bought them before. You know, you unwrap them and you smell them and they’re just like chemicals. I thought, well, let’s see if there’s any of natural materials, and I found out a lot.

Here’s what I found:  What I recommend is to buy ones that are made of felt and investigate and make sure it’s recycled wool because felt can mean a lot of things, but yeah, make sure it’s recycled wool or wool. There are also ones that actually have freshly-made wool. I don’t see any reason why you need to pay that much for the fresh wool because the recycled does just as well and that’s also good for the environment and you’re not going to see it.

Then, if you want it to be a non-slip rug pad, then make sure that it’s natural latex, which is actually made from rubber trees, as I understand, and that will break down in landfills and also, it doesn’t have the chemical smell.

The other thing about the chemicals that you should know is that a lot of the synthetic rug pads actually seep gasses so that you and your family and your dog and your cat are like smelling in these chemicals long after you’ve unwrapped it, so that can’t be good for you. I don’t think anyone’s done any studies on what it does, but…that’s my opinion. I’ve had the fake ones before, so there’s no judgment here.

Let me show you what I bought. I bought this one, which has a quarter-inch of the felt and then in the back, it has this nice, natural latex. Anyway, it’s actually made a huge difference in sound, so I definitely recommend buying one of these if you need to reduce the sound in your apartment.

It also feels really good on the feet, much better. My dog is like in heaven on this thing. We’re waiting till next month when I can get the rug. I’ll show you that, too.

But if you’re interested in eco-friendly and people-friendly products, then check out my download [see above]. I’m going to be updating it continuously as I find out more. It’s called The Eco-friendly Home Starter Kit, so check it out on my website at MaggieMinorDesigns.com, and I’ll see you in the next video. Bye!

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