Some industries are continuing to make great strides these days to operate under a more sustainable business model. Reclaiming old carpet to be recycled into new flooring is being undertaken by several manufacturers. But for designers and architects, the chronic problem of carpet samples piling up under desks and in corners of their offices is common. In fact, it’s estimated that the flooring industry sends out 700,000 samples a year each measuring 2 feet square on average. Most pile up only to be thrown out later.

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