The carpet industry is minimizing carpet’s impact on the environment through the new “3 Rs” which stand for reduce, reuse and recycle. Properly maintained carpet has a long lifespan. And at the end of that lifespan, the industry is going above and beyond to reuse carpet in new carpet, or recycle it to make products like roofing shingles, railroad ties and automotive parts. There is also a growing number of retailers selling recycled carpet, so you have more ways to make a positive environmental impact right from the start.