Updated: Mar 31, 2022
In 1970, 20 million Americans mobilized to call for greater protection for our planet. Earth Day is born. Earth Day 1970 gave a voice to an emerging public consciousness about the state of our planet. Fast forward to 2021, over 50 years later, an estimated 1 billion individuals will be mobilized for action on this day, and over 190 countries engaged. But what about businesses?
The term sustainability is increasingly popular, but how is it being carried out in the rug industry? Real environmental concerns have forced many industries to look at the processes and products that they use. The handwoven rug industry is no different. The industry has changed substantially to address environmental concerns. Most area rug cleaners are no longer cleaning regularly with toxic chemicals and are filtering wastewater.
Bal Arisi is an environmentally conscientious company. We initiated responsible ‘green’ cleaning as our policy long before it became the watchword of the industry. Our regular cleaning solutions are non-toxic and bio-degradable. We often use household products such as vinegar over industry manufactured products. Where cleaning agents are used, we choose them based on MSDS rating factors that are safe for people and animals.
We care about our customers, their pets, our employees, and the environment. We believe in putting health, safety, and the environment first as primary business and personal objectives. Not because of government regulation, but because it is the right thing to do for all of us.
Bal Arisi chooses natural and/or safe cleaning products, and our area rug repair services support longevity in the duration of the useful life of a rug. Today’s fast fashion culture often promotes the disposal of “old” styles. Bal Arisi believes that well-made woven rugs can last generations and, if taken care of, can be repaired and passed on to someone else who will enjoy it after you have outgrown it rather than sending it to a landfill. Cottage businesses will even repurpose area rugs that have served beyond their useful life as a rug.
Though the environmental issues are complicated and these are just small steps, it is in this Earth Day spirit that we will make progress in the quest to mitigate the climate crisis.