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Eric Russo BCT 191 LM 16 1. In designing the inside of a brand new house in Amherst, MA I am trying to decide whether it is more eco-friendly to install carpet vs. hardwood floor. The material of carpet chosen is cotton, which is planted and harvested in southern states in the U.S. The hardwood floor would be maple; maple trees are found all over New England and can be grown and harvested for human use directly in Amherst. Cotton uses heavy machinery and pesticides (23% of pesticides used for crops) and also takes up a lot of land in the southern U.S (10.3 million acres). Harvesting practices use both electric and gas run machines to fell maple trees through practices such as clearcutting.
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Unformatted text preview: Both maple trees and cotton have caused huge issues in terms of human uses, such as deforestation and over cultivation of arable land. I am trying to choose between maple flooring, which is grown locally but goes through an extensive manufacturing process, and cotton rug, which can be recycled and re-used but degrades the environment due to lard amounts of pesticides. 2. When comparing these two products in terms of negative environmental effects I would look at transportation costs, embodied energy, water emissions, and air emissions. 3. A. Maple B. Cotton C. Maple D .Cotton http://www.cotton.org/edu/faq/ http://www.madehow.com/Volume-6/Cotton.html...
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This note was uploaded on 11/11/2011 for the course BCT 191 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at UMass (Amherst).

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