If you like hardwood flooring, consider bamboo. Although bamboo is technically a grass it is very hard and scratch-resistant. It is a green product because of how quickly it can be reproduced. Bamboo can be planted and harvested up to 8x faster than traditional hardwood. Bamboo floor typically comes pre-finished with oxide finishes and topcoats of scratch-resistant polyurethane.
This “green” flooring is harder than both red oak and maple, which means it can take a serious beating over time and still retain its great looks. In addition, you don’t have to worry about mildew problems with bamboo floors
Cork is a natural renewable product that has recently become popular do to its soft feel and antimicrobial properties. Cork comes from the bark of a cork oak tree, and only the bark is ever used – the tree is never cut down. Most cork is available in planks and tiles that come with Eco-friendly urethane finishes.
This softwood is naturally elastic, a feature that lends it sound and heat insulation capabilities. Cork material deters insects from setting up shop in your home, and cork doesn’t act as a dust magnet. Additionally, this eco-friendly option is also noted for being quick and easy to recover from scuff marks as well as marks from furniture.
Several carpet companies offer a renewably sourced fiber that is used in their product. These renewable materials, such as corn sugar, replace the harsher materials that were traditionally used. The product you get is still beautiful, durable and offered in many styles and colors. Another “green” carpet option is wool carpet. While wool can be a bit more costly it offers a comfortable feel and, of course, it comes from a renewable source.
Linoleum flooring has been used for decades but is recently enjoying a resurgence because it is one of the few products made primarily from natural raw materials – linseed oils, wood flour, resin, and jute. Linoleum in quiet and comfortable underfoot.
The glory of linoleum tiles is that they’re naturally biodegradable and hypoallergenic. Linoleum is one of a few flooring products primarily made from natural raw products such as linseed oils, wood flour, resin and jute (a rough fiber made of plant stems). Linoleum flooring is stylish, quiet, and comfortable underfoot.
Benefits of Eco-Friendly Flooring
Eco-friendly “green” flooring starts with how the product is produced and the materials used to install it. There are many reasons one would consider eco-friendly flooring options. If you’re thinking about remodeling the floors in your house or office building, or if you want to easily boost your new building’s interior air quality, or if you just want to make your building more “green,” there are numerous benefits to choosing eco-friendly floors. Eco-friendly flooring options are :
— Healthier because they improve air quality in your home or office.
— Recyclable and reusable and therefore cost-effective.
— Sustainable and better for the environment.
— Less wasteful than other materials since they can be reused.
— Durable and stylish.
— Responsible choice for flooring.