In today’s world, most of us are paying much more attention to our carbon footprint then we used to and this can only be a good thing. When it comes to flooring, looks and practicality tend to be at the top of our list. But with global warming looming large, that is beginning to change…
So how sustainable is flooring?
The biggest thing to consider when looking at buying a new floor is whether it’s from a sustainable source or not, then you can quickly eliminate a lot of options. It’s worth looking at how it’s manufactured, sold and shipped. Flooring which can be recycled when it’s no longer needed is the best rather than adding to landfill wastage. Materials such as wood and stone are popular choices for this, as they can be recycled.
Wood flooring is very popular, and we can’t see it going out of fashion any time soon, which is especially good since it’s super environmentally friendly! Of course, there is the issue of chopping trees down, but these days they’re often replanted and it’s better than having materials end up on landfill.
Wood flooring is renewable but try and go for wood that is plantation grown as opposed to chopped down from a natural forest. Be careful what type of wood you go for however, as some are treated with toxic chemicals which can be harmful towards the environment.
A luxurious choice, carpet had and continues to be an extremely popular choice for homeowners. Choosing a carpet that is made from natural materials such as wool are best, as opposed to synthetic materials. You can even get recycled carpet.
A relatively new material to the flooring world! It’s renewable and natural, which is a great start. It’s anti-microbial properties make it good for those with allergies.
A strange one, but polished concrete is all the rage right now as well as being super environmentally friendly. It’s very durable, so it’s unlikely that you won’t have to replace it in your lifetime which is a win win for the environment.