Sustainable flooring does not have to be all wood. There is a wide variety of options from eco-friendly carpeting and cork planks to rock and ceramic tiles all available in many colors. But let’s look more closely at your options.
Responsibly harvested and reclaimed wood
All responsibly harvested wooden flooring bares the FSC mark to ensure that it has passed a rigorous certification process carried out by the Forest Stewardship Council to ensure the lowest possible impact on the environment. Reclaimed wood on the other hand is wood that would have been thrown away after the demolition of old buildings. That essentially means that your floors could be made of different parts of someone else’s house. Can you think of a better way to add a bit of character to your home?
Bamboo is one of the strongest, most versatile and easily replenishable materials out there. It requires little effort to grow and it can reach to full maturity in only 5 years as opposed to trees that take up to 100 years. Rocks are also an extremely “green” choice as it contains no chemicals whatsoever and its use has no impact on the environment.
Recycled glass and ceramic tiles the most useful and sustainable choices. Those tiles are made exclusively by recycling home manufacturing waste and they come in a dazzling array of colors. They can be used everywhere in the house from the kitchen and the bathrooms, to the bedroom and living room floors.
Cork is a material harvested from the trunk of trees without them having to be cut down and for that reason alone it can be labeled as super sustainable. Apart from that, it is beautiful, durable, waterproof, insulating, sound and shock absorbing, mold and mildew resistant, beautiful and it comes in a variety of colors. What more could you ask for?
Carpets have long been considered to be the most unhealthy and least environmentally friendly flooring choice of all. That was due to their notorious, chemical-laden means of manufacturing but big companies have started to make greener products. It therefore will not be that difficult for you to find carpets made from recycled or organic materials or even carpets that do not contain chemicals.
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