This greenmomster is updating her living room this summer – yippee! One of the items we’ll be updating is the rug – thanks to three dogs and three kids, it’s a little (ok, a lot) worn. Here’s one of my dogs showing off the hole one of the other dogs (as she explained it….) dug in the carpet under the couch. I thought about throwing the carpet out (since that’s not the only hole in the rug…..), but according to the May/June 2014 issue of Sierra magazine, rugs can and should be recycled. According to “Ask Mr. Green”, Americans annually dump 11 million tons of textiles (15% is carpet) into landfills. A better way of disposing of old rugs (if they can’t go to a local thrift shop or Goodwill) is recycling. Check out carpetrecovery.org to find a recycler near you. Your recycled carpet could find a new life as resins for plastics (such as the plastics used in autos), fiber, backing, and cushions for new carpets. Reduce, reuse, recycle!