Whether remodeling or building a new home, most likely new floor covering will come into play. When making the decision on new floor covering think Green and use sustainable products.
So what are sustainable floor coverings?
Traditional flooring is products that are harmful to the environment, whether in their production, in the pollution they produce or in the non-biodegradable waste which poisons the environment for decades after the flooring has been discarded. One main base product among these is petroleum products, particularly polypropylene which are used in the manufacture of carpets and many other backing materials, as well as in adhesives and protective finishes.
The environmentally-sensitive manufacturers are now looking at ways of reducing the damage to the environment, thus creating sustainable flooring like products below.
Made of materials from sustainable or renewable sources (eg. bamboo, cork)
Made of recycled materials (eg. reclaimed wood)
Made of materials that are managed and harvested responsibly (eg, hardwood from sustainable forests)
Made with materials that have a long life cycle, so that they are not frequently replaced, thus producing more waste and using up more energy.
Uses non-toxic methods for installation, as most adhesives contain very high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC's) and other toxic chemicals (eg. nailing down wooden floors or opting for "floating floors"). If adhesives must be used, they should be water-based versions with low-VOC emissions.
Uses non-toxic materials in its backing and finish (eg. natural linoleum)
There is now a wide range of options for those looking to install sustainable flooring in their homes. The most popular eco-friendly flooring alternatives are bamboo, cork, natural linoleum and wood from sustainable forests. Other less common and possibly more expensive options include reclaimed wood, natural plant fiber flooring, recycled metal tiles, recycled glass and recycled carpet, as well as possibly stone flooring from well-managed quarries.
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