December 3, 2009
If you're one of the lucky few who will be attending the Copenhagen climate summit next week, maybe you'll find yourself walking in a renewable-based carpet; drive a European car using renewable-based tires and also fueled by algae; have lunch using bioplastic cups and cutlery; stay in an eco-friendly hotel that uses green cleaning products or even organic toiletries; and attend a fashion show wearing your newly-purchased green/renewable/sustainable textiles.
At the Bella Center where the United Nations global conference on climate change will be held, 15,000 dignitaries will reportedly stand, walk, and rest their feet on an ultra low carbon footprint Eco2punch® carpet made with plant-based Ingeo™ fibers produced by bioplastic producer NatureWorks.
According to French carpet producer Sommer Needlepunch, the "green" carpet reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 60% and reduced energy consumption by 50% compared to petroleum-based carpet. The 20,000 square meters (215,000 square feet) of carpet is enough to cover nearly five soccer fields.