Posts Tagged: eco friendly

Oct 10

Officially Pure

Merida Pure Wool Green Label PlusThe past few years have been challenging for us all but optimism in the air as we enter the final quarter of 2011. The optimism is not so much in the economy as in the innovation and creativity that hard-times have inspired.  This has been one of the major drivers behind Merida’s 2010 theme “breaking new ground”.

We are thrilled almost weekly with new developments and opportunities and this week we are excited to announce one more way we are “breaking new ground” with our first ever Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) Green Label Plus certification awarded for our Pure Wool Rugs.

CRI’s Green Label Plus certification sets the highest standard ever set by the carpet industry for indoor air quality. The program uses an independent testing program to measure the total volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions as well as individual chemical concentrations in a rug.

Merida Kids Play on Pure Wool

Merida Kids Take a Break on Pure

To receive Green Label Plus certification, carpets must undergo a 14-day testing process that measures emissions for a range of chemicals and is administered by an independent laboratory. The test methodology was developed in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The testing and certification process is completely voluntary and Pure is just the first of our products to be sent for testing. While we anticipate more certifications, we wanted to start with a slam-dunk and we knew Pure was, well Pure.

This third-party verification is a big deal for our partners and us. First of all designers and consumers are becoming ever more concerned with indoor air quality and volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Products like Pure are going to certifiably perfect for those that also want plush, soft natural flooring.

Merida Pure Wool

Merida Kids Play on Pure

Pure is going to be great for designers and architects as well because with the Green Label Plus certification Pure can contribute one full Indoor Environmental Quality Credit to the LEED ratings of the U.S. Green Building Council.

As we said, we felt like Pure getting the CRI Green Label Plus Certification was a slam-dunk and here’s why:

  • Pure is made from natural, biodegradable, un-dyed materials including wool, jute, cotton and natural latex and can be composted in industrial composters at the end of its lifecycle.
  • Pure contains no brominated flame-retardants or pesticides
  • Pure is one of Merida’s lowest priced products making it perfect for wall-to-wall applications, roll orders and large area rugs.
  • Pure, besides being the perfect choice for the healthy low VOC home, is perfect for apartment buildings, hospitals and schools with its contract rating and LEED credit.
Merida Pure Wool Rug

Merida Kids Roll Their Pure Area Rug

Please feel free to order samples if you didn’t get them and more importantly, share this post so that Pure can make a difference in creating healthy AND beautiful interiors.

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Sep 10

Artists for Humanity in the News

If you didn’t catch our friends Artists for Humanity in Boston on CBS Evening News last night, don’t worry; five million other people did so somebody can fill you in!

In all seriousness, we want to congratulate them on their much-deserved recognition. They are an amazing and inspiring story and we are thrilled to work with them. If you want to catch the CBS News segment on Artists for Humanity here is the video.

Merida has been working with Artists for Humanity for a few years on various collaborations. Late last year we held a design contest for their student artists. Artist for Humanity student artists worked on inspirational designs for area rugs. We then selected three winning designs with the help of local interior designers and sent them off to be woven into rugs.

In our Fall River Massachusetts weaving facility we turned the student artists’ designs into plush area rugs made with 100% New Zealand wool. The finished rugs were called “Thrive” and one was given to each student. FInally and we put them up for sale to the public with part of the proceeds going back to support Artists for Humanity. You can see (and purchase) them below.

Artists for Humanity Thrive - Flourish

Thrive Flourish

Artists for Humanity Thrive - Micro

Thrive Micro

Artists for Humanity Thrive - Pavo

Thrive Pavo

To read the rest of our posts on this contest and partnership with Artists for Humanity in Boston, you can see them here:

Oct 09 Students to design eco-friendly rugs

Nov 09 AFH student design judging event

Dec 09 And the Winners Are…

Mar 10 Developing our new Thrive Collection

Mar 10 Rugs on the beach!

Aug 10

Caring For Your Veledo Recycled Leather Floor

Congratulations on your new Veledo recycled leather floor. With its striking appearance and durable construction we’re sure you’re going to love your Veledo floor for a long time. Following our simple care and maintenance advice you can make your Veledo leather floor look even better and keep it in great shape, even in busy or commercial settings. Initially all that your Veledo needs is to be swept and at most mopped with a damp (not wet) mop. It has been prefinished with a protective wax.

Care and Maintenance Tools

To care for Veledo it has been prefinished with the best performing, award winning, safest and most eco-friendly option available – OSMO Polyx Oil. OSMO products are easy to apply, low-VOC, and look fantastic. OSMO PolyxOil uses two natural hard waxes: candelilla and carnauba in addition to natural, renewable oils such as sunflower, soybean and thistle oil.

These products are highly effective and safe. They conform to strict European standards for health and purity and are safe for humans, plants and animals when dry. We were pleasantly surprised at the lack of odor we usually associate with stains and waxes. Originally formulated for hardwood, they work extremely well on Veledo Leather floors as well.

Initially there is nothing you need to apply to your floor. For future maintenance, here is what you will need:

  1. OSMO Optiset mop
  2. OSMO Liquid Wax Cleaner
  3. OSMO Easy Wax Maintenance Cloths
  4. OSMO Wash and Care Concentrate Solution

Where to Purchase

Osmo products are available through Merida but are also readily available through retailers such as Ecohaus and

1. After Laying the Flooring

After laying flooring remove all loose dirt with the dust mop head (green fluffy) of your OSMO Optiset mop. If you do not have an Osmo mop, you can use any soft mop but try to avoid anything with course bristles. If the floor looks fine, you are done!

In the event of heavier soiling on the flooring you may use a damp mop (not wet!) with the terrycloth head on your OSMO Optiset mop. You may also use a traditional slightly damp mop. If the floor is very dirty you can use OSMO Wash & Care diluted with water. Immediately after moping, wipe dry with a clean dry cloth.

2. Ongoing Cleaning and Care

When cleaning always make sure, when possible, to only dry mop (with an Optiset mop, vacuum or hand broom) or slightly damp mop (with a wrung out cloth) and not leave puddles on the floor. Never allow Merida Veledo to remain moist or wet for any length of time.

As a rule, it is sufficient to use a slightly damp mop with OSMO Wash & Care cleaner for ongoing cleaning. This loosens grease and dirt, leaves no streaks or build-up, retains the product wear-resistance and provides lasting care.

Coarse dirt and sand act like sanding paper and should therefore be removed from the surface. Even surfaces treated with OSMO Polyx Oil are subject to natural wear, respective of load. For this reason Merida Veledo should be regularly treated with OSMO Liquid Wax Cleaner (1/2 tsp. for approx. 9 sq ft) on an ongoing basis and may be used generally (over the entire floor) or in specific areas of higher wear (OSMO Easy Wax Maintenance Cloths are perfect for repairing small scuffs).

This care provides Merida Veledo with wear resistance, durability and water-resistant properties. This facilitates regular maintenance cleaning and lends the floor an appealing silky luster. The care schedule for using OSMO Liquid Wax Cleaner is based on the color and design as well as the degree of wear (see list):

  • Floors with low wear (e.g. living rooms and bedrooms) as needed roughly every 4 – 6 months
  • Floors with normal wear (e.g. corridors, hallways) as needed every 1 – 3 months
  • Floors with heavy wear (e.g. restaurants, shops) as needed every 2 – 3 weeks

Please also observe the instructions for use for OSMO Polyx Oil and Liquid Wax Cleaner.

3. Repairing the finish in Small Spots

Gently smooth over small scratches and scrapes with fine sandpaper. Remove all residual debris. Then, saturate the spot with OSMO Polyx Oil, allow time to penetrate and finally wipe away any excess with a clean, dry cloth. After approx. 5 – 6 hours sand lightly and treat spot with OSMO Liquid Wax Cleaner.

Important Information:

Cloths soaked with OSMO Polyx Oil and Liquid Wax Cleaner should be rinsed out or spread out to dry (danger of spontaneous combustion). Afterward they can be put out with the household rubbish. Dry Clean only (sweeping or vacuuming) for the first few weeks after laying the flooring.

In order to prevent scratches, attach felt sliders beneath furniture, especially chairs and armchairs. When using office chairs mount soft casters that are intended for use on hard surfaces. In the event that heavy use of chair casters is expected, we recommend using a suitable office chair mat.

Do not use scouring powder or abrasive cleaning agents.

In general the following applies: Reduce dirt already in the entryway by using a sufficient number of large dirt-trapping mats.

Room Climate: Important! The optimum room climate for Merida Veledo as well as your own comfort lies between 50 % and 65 % relative humidity with an ambient temperature of roughly 65-70°, since Veledo is a product with natural materials. For this reason there are also slight color deviations possible from different batches or from the collection samples.

We would like to advise you to the best of our ability with these guidelines based upon our practical experience and tests. In the event that your Merida Veledo incurs damage during care and cleaning as a result of non-adherence to these general instructions, we accept absolutely no liability. We would be glad to answer any questions you may have, simply give us a call.

We are confident that you will have many years of enjoyment with your Merida Veledo when you adhere to our guidelines.

Aug 10

Perfectly Pure!

As many of you know, our new Pure rug collection launched this week and is officially off the ground! This collection has been a long time in the making, but after two years of development with our partners in Belgium, Pure is finally here – and it was well worth the wait.

Our Pure Collection marks another innovative leap forward for Merida as our first 100% natural, compostable wool rug. Made from 100% un-dyed wool, Pure comes in five naturally occurring sheep colors and has a natural Jute backing. I was shocked to compare the difference between the back of a Pure rug and the back of a synthetic rug…it just looked so much healthier.

Now, I know what you’re thinking; there must be a hefty price-tag that comes along with a natural, organic rug that has a beautiful traditional construction. As it turns out, after years of troubleshooting this issue we finally hit the nail on the head. At one of our best price points to date (retailing around $6.64 per square foot), these rugs won’t break your bank.

Available as area rugs or for wall-to-wall installations, these rugs have low VOC-emissions and are a great way to naturally carpet family rooms, playrooms, nurseries, and bedrooms.

So what’s behind the name “Pure”?

Pure Collection by Merida

Pure Stone rug in wall-to-wall application

We wanted to select a name for Pure that truly conveyed the most incredible part of these rugs, being that they are 100% natural, biodegradable, and compostable. We came up with a lot of different ideas, from “Breathe”, to “Serene” (for its calm, peaceful and worry free nature), to “GeaCare” (gea is Latin for earth, and care since this product represents caring for the world we live in).
Ultimately we decided that the name “Pure” sums things up nicely. The materials in this collection are in their purest, natural state. They have not been treated with chemicals, they are 100% un-dyed, and they contain no harmful glues. They are 100% pure!

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