The eco friendly flooring options listed below might just surprise you. Who knew it would be so easy? You can get the flooring you desire and do your part to help the environment.
Rugs – Rugs can be made from everything from recycled soda bottles to candy wrappers and plastic bags to old blue jeans. Many of these rugs are easy to clean and can be used indoors or outdoors.
Reclaimed Hardwood – Oftentimes wood can be reclaimed from old buildings and refinished and placed in your home. This not only gives you a beautiful country look, but it lessens the impact on the environment since fewer trees are being cut down.
Carpeting – Recycled carpet is not only safe for your family, but it’s safe for the environment and looks much better on your floor than in a landfill. It comes with the same durability guarantees as virgin synthetic fiber carpets. And if you recycle the carpet you’re replacing it’s a double environmentally friendly upgrade to your home.
Cork – Cork flooring is actually good for the environment and is family friendly. The cork is harvested from the bark of a living tree. This process actually stimulates the tree growth. It is soft and warm under your feet. When a plate is dropped on the floor the cushion of the cork will prevent it from breaking. The plate will leave a dent in the floor that will bounce back after a few hours.
Bamboo – Bamboo is a great choice for environmentally friendly flooring. Although bamboo may look like wood, it is actually a grass that grows back in about four years.
Linoleum – Linoleum has been around for many years. It can be purchase in any design or theme you might want. It is easy to install and long lasting. One of the greatest parts is it is biodegradable and does not release toxic fumes.
Recycled Glass Floor Tiles – Those glass bottles that you’ve sent to the recycling center can find their way back into your home in the form of flooring tiles. It’s truly amazing the color options you’ll find. And no two tiles are exactly alike, so your design options are endless. The body of the tiles are approximately 55% recycled glass with non-metallic metals and sand added to the mix to create outstandingly beautiful tiles.
Now that you know how easy it is to pick out flooring that is both environmentally friendly and easier on your wallet, go ahead and get started. Decide which flooring option you’d like and take a trip to your local home improvement store. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the choices available to you.