Ultimate Guide to Sustainable and Non Toxic Rugs [2023]

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Your home is a safe space for you and your family. You are conscious with the furnishings you place in your home, why should a rug be any different?

But unfortunately, many rugs are manufactured with harmful chemicals and toxic dyes which can be detrimental to your health.

As well as that, if your rug comes from a factory with poor working standards, there’s a risk of forced child labor practices and poor standards of care for their workers.

Therefore it’s important you choose one you know will be safe for your family, and doesn’t cause harm to anyone involved in creating your rug.

For this guide, we have brought together, some of the best rug brands creating non- toxic, sustainable and ethical rugs for your home.

Let’s take a look.

8 Non Toxic and Sustainable Rugs

1. Citizenry

Citizenry Aditha non toxic rug, jute rug

Sustainability: Small batch, hand-crafted rugs supporting artisans all over the world. They are committed to providing fair wages and sustainable funding back to suppliers.

Price: Starting from $150

Citizenry showcases the best artisanal rugs from all over the world. Their rugs are hand-crafted in small batches by local businesses, often using ancient techniques. Citizenry is committed to providing fair trade standards, fair wages, and safe working environments for its artisan partners.

They have curated a range of non-toxic rugs, using natural fibers such as Jute, in contemporary designs, which will stand out in your home while being safe for you and your family.

2. Ruggable

Ruggable Kamran Washable rug

Sustainability: Made to order rugs, which reduces waste. No toxic chemicals are used to treat rugs.

Price: Starting from $90

If you have children and pets, you know you need a rug that can adapt to your lifestyle. Ruggable produces washable rugs, which are perfect for those spills and mishaps.

Their rugs come in 2 parts, the first is a non-slip underlay, and the second is the detachable, washable rug topper, which comes in an array of designs to suit your home.

Ruggable consciously produces their rugs to order, which reduces waste. They also don’t chemically treat their rugs, making them safe for both people and pets.

3. Burrow

Burrow eco friendly rugs

Sustainability: Rugs are designed with natural and recycled materials from ethical suppliers.

Price: Starting from $395

Burrow has made it easy to choose a rug perfect for your home. They have a selection of non-toxic rugs, which feature designs to suit everyone, from timeless classics to bold statements.

They use natural materials and recycled fibers to produce their rugs, which are made ethically in India. Their collection includes pet-friendly, stain-resistant mats that are easy to clean with a low shed design. Burrow offers free shipping on orders.

4. Nordic Knots

Nordic Knots non toxic jute rug

Sustainability: Rugs produced by Goodweave™ Certified weavers – working to end child labor practices in carpet weaving communities worldwide.

Price: Starting from $195

Nordic Knots is a Scandinavian design company, bringing you modern, minimalist rugs with functional practicality. Their classic danish aesthetic extends to their natural Jute and flat-woven rugs, which would accentuate your interior and compliment your home.

All of their rugs are Goodweave™ certified and produced in small limited batches. This certification means no child, forced, or bonded labor is used to make their products.

5. Organic Weave

Organic Weave Rug

Sustainability: Non toxic rugs produced with the Goodweave™ certification, produced with GOTS certified materials.

Price: Starting from $300

Organic Weave is a specialist in non-toxic, organic rugs for your home. They only use GOTS certified organic cotton and wool and never use any harmful dyes or chemicals, including non-toxic glue.

They have a range of styles from hand-tufted wool to cotton flat-weave, including a selection of rugs perfect for children.

They offer custom-made rugs and also provide free shipping on all orders to the U.S.

6. Lorena Canals

Lorena Canals Berber style non toxic recycled rug

Sustainability: The Rugcycled collection recycles old rugs, uses all-natural materials such as wool, un-dyed cotton, and recycled yarn.

Price: Starting from $50

Lorena Canals are a household name for their stylish, durable, and washable rugs. They have been creating their signature collections for over 15 years and have recently extended their natural, non-toxic range to include the world’s first washable rug collection.

We love their Rugcycle program, which recycles old rugs, re-crafting them into modern pieces which will be adored for years to come.

7. West Elm

West Ekm Colca Rug non toxic range

Sustainability: Fair Trade certified factories

Price: Small rugs start at $30

Despite West Elm being a large company, we include them here because their investment in sustainable sourcing, building an ethical supply chain, and using non-toxic materials and dyes is impressive. In addition, they’ve ranked on Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable U.S Companies for four years in a row, which is an excellent sign.

They’ve paid over $2 million in Fair Trade community development funds and work with Fair Trade Certified factories.

Many of their rugs are hand-crafted to Nest standards, a program designed to address and improve supply chains and working conditions worldwide.

West Elm makes various rugs from 100% natural materials, including Jute, wool, and cotton. You can see each rug’s sustainability rating with details on the factories, country of origin, and much more.

8. Kubel Design

Kubel Design natural rugs

Sustainability: Knitted from recycled cotton thread without the use of harmful chemicals and dyes.

Price: Starting from $900

Kubel Design hand-craft their stunning, natural, eco friendly rugs in the heart of the Abruzzo region of Italy. 

Great artists inspire designs, and each rug is a piece of art for your home. Rugs are knitted by hand and can be customizable and tailored to your home.

Recycled and natural cotton with no toxic chemicals or dyes is used to produce their rugs, with responsible production being the top of Kubel Design’s agenda.

Wrapping Up: Non Toxic Rugs

We hope you enjoyed the list, if you have any other brand recommendations, please let us know in the comments below.

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Bethany Worthington BSc (Hons) (she/her) is the Sustainable Fashion Editor and Co-founder of Ecothes. She has a passion for the environment, and a long love of all things clothing, and combines those two interests with Ecothes. In her free time she loves dancing, hiking in the countryside, and laughing with friends.

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