In earlier times, eco-friendly flooring was considered unstylish, boring, and monotonous. Thankfully, this is not the case anymore. With the advent in ecological awareness, many manufacturers have shifted to trendy and fashionable ecologically sound flooring ideas.
There are plenty of options to select your flooring and material.
Green flooring options benefit your family and the environment to make the world a sustainable place. The best way to contribute your green footprint to the world is to use reclaimed materials that can quickly be replenished to create a lesser impact on the world’s natural resources.
Since there are so many options to choose from, we have drawn a list of the most popular eco-friendly flooring to help you with your selection process.
Glass tile has picked up in demand in the past decade. Many home-owners are renovating their homes to install glass tiles. Glass tiles are made from the waste of wine bottles and alcohol bottles that are of no use. This glass is crushed and treated to become sustainable for your floors. Bathrooms and kitchen walls, backsplashes, and more are some of the applications of glass tiles.
Glass has non-absorptive properties and does not catch mold and mildew in wet conditions. Easy to maintain, stains are cleaned quickly without any damage to the look of your home. Since glass is such a versatile material, you can avail of a variety of designs, patterns, and colors to suit your home preference.
Cork is another favorite in the eco-friendly flooring space. Cork is treated from the bark of the cork tree found in the Mediterranean region. The best part about cork harvesting is that the cork trees do not need to be cut down. The bark is harvested and grows back every two to three years, making this a very sustainable option. Cork has natural anti-allergenic properties, is fire-retardant, and an insect-repellant. It is also effortless to clean and maintain.
Cork can be stained (a lot like wood) to take any colour you choose and can last up to 15 years with proper care and maintenance. Cork tends to blend well with the surrounding design and can be made to look extremely trendy for floorings.
One of our personal favorites on this list, bamboo flooring has gained immense popularity in the last two decades. Quite similar in characteristics and properties to hardwood, bamboo flooring is easy to maintain, install, and extremely durable. Bamboo is natural vegetation that multiplies and can be harvest every three to four years. Trees take almost twenty years to grow to maturity and are not ecologically sound for flooring options any longer.
Bamboo is very lightweight and can absorb the dye or stain of any color that you select. You can also customize bamboo flooring to suit the tastes and décor of each room in your house. It has several different naturally occurring grains that give bamboo an edge over almost any competitors in the eco-friendly flooring space.
When most people think of rubber, they believe it is not ecologically sound. While this is true, recycled rubber is an excellent step in the way of treating scrap rubber and utilizing it to cause less environmental harm in the long term. Rubber flooring is made from waste rubber like old tires. This rubber is treated and reused as flooring in kitchens, bathrooms, and sunrooms.
Incredibly versatile, rubber flooring is comfortable to walk on, water resistant, and a natural insulator. The colour and textures of rubber flooring can be customised according to your unique requirements to add a glossy sheen to the rooms. It also works as an effective form of safety flooring.
As is the case with any wood, reclaimed hardwood is a great way to recycle used wood and avoid chopping down of more trees. People who love traditional wooden flooring can finally breathe freely since reclaimed hardwood allows for the age-old classic. For people who aren’t sure which hardwood to go for, there are two options to consider. The first is reclaimed hardwood. Reclaimed hardwood reuses existing wood from trees. These trees have usually been chopped a long time back, and the wood can only be reused. Wood that is reclaimed and salvaged looks beautiful in vintage homes and beach houses.
The second is FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified hardwood. Hardwood purchased with this certification ensures that there is an ecologically maintained balance in hardwood forests across the globe. The replanting and management of trees are taken care of by FSC.