We all want nice flooring in our home. So of course, hardwood is the first option that comes to mind. But many of us are also environmentally conscious. And with how much wood is wasted each year due to the hardwood flooring industry, many of us want to find more eco friendly options.
So is there an option for those of us who want nice flooring, but who still want to find more eco friendly options? The answer of course is, absolutely a yes!
Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting you go out and use linoleum in your home, or purchase used or recycled carpets. There are many flooring options that are beautiful, green, and many times very affordable.
Here are just 5 of them:
Bamboo is one of the most beautiful flooring options on the market. If you want the classy look and feel of hardwood flooring, but you don’t want to kill a forest while you’re at it, then bamboo may be the best option for you. As far as look and feel goes, bamboo is a beautiful, sturdy, easy to clean upscale flooring option. In fact, many people love the natural glow that bamboo flooring provides, preferring it over traditional hardwood floors.
On top of the beauty you will receive with bamboo floors, bamboo is also an extremely eco friendly flooring option. That is because bamboo grows extremely quickly. Not only does this plant reach maturity within 3-5 years (as opposed to 20 years for trees), but it also continues to grow even after it’s harvested. So, you are not wasting valuable natural resources when choosing a bamboo floor.
2. Engineered Hardwood
Let’s say you are dead set on hardwood flooring. You’ve dreamt about hardwood floors in your home for years, and you are not ready to sacrifice what you want. Well if that is the case, you can still have your cake and eat it too. You don’t have to choose a completely different material in order to stay at least somewhat eco friendly. You see, there are “engineered hardwood” flooring options that give you the hardwood that you’ve always wanted, but without wasting as much wood as traditional hardwood flooring.
There is much less timber wasted when using engineered hardwood flooring than with solid hardwood flooring. So you can still get your hardwood floors, but you don’t have to feel so guilty about your wood consumption. On top of that, engineered hardwood flooring is typically thousands of dollars less than solid hardwood. So yes, this is also good on your wallet.
If you are willing to try an option that looks a bit different than wood, cork may be a good option for you. Cork flooring is a bit of a new idea, but it is gaining in popularity. The great thing about cork is that it is made out of the bark of the tree. Because of that, no trees have to be cut down in order to gather the cork. So there is no waste associated with creating cork.
Just like the other materials on this list, there are other benefits to cork other than just the great “green” benefits. After its eco friendly properties, the other most popular reason that many people choose cork for their flooring is because it helps to reduce allergens in the home.
You may be one of those people that like to think outside the box. If you like to be different, if you like to find design options and materials that really stand out, you should look into glass for some or all of your flooring. Glass tiles are made using recycled glass bottles, so they are a wonderfully eco-friendly option. And glass tiles are also great because there are many different choices for colors and finishes, and they even can come with different patterns. So this is a great way to add a uniqueness and personality to your home that you wouldn’t be able to create with other options.
Remember, flooring isn’t just for the inside of your home. So if you are wanting an environmentally friendly option for your deck or other areas outside of your home, you should definitely check out Trex. Trex is made by using reclaimed materials, so there is little to no waste when making this material. Trex is also more durable and longer lasting than traditional wood, and it comes in many colors.
Guest Author: Nicole is a writer for Bamboozle Flooring. Find out why choose Bamboozle flooring.