Last year, in the United States alone 4.8 billion pounds of carpet went into landfills. Also, US $1 billion was spent by carpet and flooring manufacturers to produce carpet and flooring samples—products that are used only briefly, then thrown away.

SIM Carpet Simulation exponentially reduces the amount of natural resources and energy required to produce a sample, and is 100% recyclable. It also cuts materials and shipping costs, lessens the amount of time to market, and reduces environmental damage caused by the carpet industry.

SIM samples are so color-accurate and realistically textured that they disappear when placed on an actual piece of carpet with the same pattern. They are created from combined design information, manufacturing machine data and yarn color. The samples can be viewed online or as paper prints, perfectly color-accurate and fully textured, looking just like physically manufactured carpet. SIM is accessible to any manufacturer of carpet or flooring, is significantly more affordable than current sampling processes, and is user friendly.

The time required for the product selection process can be reduced by as much as 70%. Jobs are thus made easier because samples are color-accurate and easier to use and transport for presentations to their customers. Creative options are also opened up, because more options can be evaluated without generating unnecessary waste and manufacturers are not reluctantly producing expensive samples.

The American environment benefits because the amount of carpet going to landfill is reduced. It is estimated that in the year 2012, even with dramatically improved recycling and reuse efforts, 4.8 billion pounds of carpet will still be going into landfills. SIM can reduce this amount. Use of SIM samples could also expand into textile and other surfaces markets, helping to enhance creativity, reduce waste, shorten the creative product lifecycle and keep product prices lower.


  • Title: SIM Carpet Simulation
  • External Link: SIM Carpet Simulation - INDEX: Design to Improve Life® website
  • Sustainable Development Goals targeted: Responsible Consumption & Production
  • INDEX: Award Cycle: 2005
  • INDEX: Award Category: Community
  • Driver(s) of Change: Climate Change, Digitalization of Everything, Entrepeneurship
  • Designed By: Tricycle, Inc.
  • Country of Design : UK

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