When you stumble out of bed in the morning and make your way to the kitchen for a cup of joe, do you think about the floor beneath you? Forget what you paid for it. What did it cost the environment?
If you want to have a clean conscience about your home’s impact on the environment, consider switching to eco-friendly flooring. Sustainable flooring is one big way you can do your part for nature.
What are some sustainable flooring solutions, you ask? Read on.
When it comes to carpet, there are sustainable and not-so-sustainable options. Most carpets are made with synthetic materials that wreak havoc on the environment. Some synthetic carpet materials can even be toxic to humans.
If you love that cushy floor beneath your soles but want to stay green, there’s a solution: P.E.T. Berber carpet. It’s a type of polyester that’s manufactured from bottle caps and tires.
Don’t worry, the manufacturing process is able to take these ingredients and turn them into super plush carpet– you won’t even notice the difference between Berber and regular carpet.
The best part about it? You’re reusing plastics that would otherwise end up in a landfill or in our oceans. You’re also eliminating the need to create another carpet of synthetic materials that will one day end up in our environment, too.
Some like to spout on about tile being bad for the environment– in fact, the opposite is true. Tile is made from materials found in nature, it doesn’t require cleaning with corrosive cleaners, and it will even save you money.
Since tile is made up of natural clay found in the earth’s soil, it doesn’t necessitate the needless harm of the environment just so you can have a nice floor beneath your feet. You’ll be able to post a sign on the floor for guests when they walk in: “no plants or trees were harmed in the making of this floor!”
Hardwood is everyone’s favorite. It’s easy to clean, simple, and provides that rich, cozy touch to a home that other floors can’t always hold a candle to. It’s easy to see why hardwood demand is at an all-time high– it’s growing twice as fast as our population.
Hardwood is tricky when it comes to sustainability, because some hardwoods are super endangered, while others are protected by the FSC.
What is the FSC, you ask? FSC stands for the Forest Stewardship Council, and protecting our earth’s forest is the name of their game. Look for their seal on your next hardwood purchase to be sure you’re staying kosher with the environment.
The most sustainable hardwoods you can choose are white oak, varieties of birch, cherry, maple, Douglas fir, and ash, among others. Try to steer clear of rare, exotic, or endangered woods like cedar, mahogany, Brazilian rosewood, and red stinkwood.
Your Eco-Friendly Flooring
Ready to go green in your home? The first step: installing eco-friendly flooring.
If you’re a Michigan local, get in touch with us to talk about your options. We have all the right flooring to satisfy your soles– and your soul.