Eco-friendly flooring is defined as any flooring that leaves a reduced carbon footprint by being culled from sustainable sources, contains recycled content, is recyclable, or has low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC). Here we want to share with you the latest in green flooring options.
Bamboo is not a tree. In fact, it is a giant grass that grows at a rapidly renewable rate in China and Southeast Asia. It regenerates without need for replanting or fertilizers.
A combination of linseed oil, rosins, wood and cork flour, linoleum is constructed from all-natural ingredients. It requires little energy to harvest, is void of toxins and largely biodegradable.
Sustainable Wood Flooring
Sustainable wood flooring ensures wood is harvested from rapidly renewing forests. Thriving forests are essential to preserving our environment.
Reclaimed Wood Flooring
Reclaimed materials are taken from demolished or expired buildings, and then put into service in new projects. Using reclaimed materials is both an environmental and aesthetic plus. Reclaimed wood is rich with accents of unique imperfections.
The benefits of cork flooring are endless. Not only is cork nontoxic, nonallergenic and repels pests, it also is versatile, buoyant, completely sustainable and easily recyclable. It comes directly form the outer bark of the cork oak tree. So, it negates the need to cut down trees, allowing them to continue releasing oxygen.
Extruded directly from cleaned and recycled plastic bottles, carpet fibers are woven into a wide range of luxurious and soft carpets.
Made of clay, water, and other readily available naturally occurring minerals, ceramic tile is considered a natural product. Often lasting over 50 years, ceramic tile floors result in a minimal environmental footprint. Tile surfaces are also stain resistant and often stain-proof, eliminating the need for chemical cleaners.
Although natural stone is not renewable, there are reasons why stone can be considered a green flooring choice. Being a natural product, stone releases few, if any, problematic air emissions. Stone can last through many generations, which reduces the need to quarry new materials and saves energy consumed through manufacturing. Being recyclable, stone relieves burden on landfills.
This flooring is a hybrid of two species of eucalyptus trees. The trees grow to full size in less than 25 years and are being used extensively in replanting the rain forests of South America.