In recent years, going eco-friendly has become a worldwide trend that turned countless homeowners into green warriors who gave more care and attention to the well-being of our environment.
As a result of the entire eco-conscious trend, the availability of all sorts of environmentally friendly products in the market increased. We now have anything from eco-friendly clothes and footwear to biodegradable water bottles and waste bags to reusable sandwich bags and stainless steel straws.
Another thing that resulted from the trend is the increasing desire of homeowners to build or remodel their homes using eco-friendly construction materials – from top to bottom.
Are you a steward of green living as well? Here’s a list of the best eco-friendly flooring options that can not only give both you and your family a reliable surface to step on but also help you with your sustainable living.
Pandas don’t seem to have that much trouble when eating bamboo, so it probably means that this grass (yes, it’s not a tree) won’t make for great flooring material, right? Wrong!
Although panda teeth can break down bamboo shoots and stems without any problem, the renewable plant resource is strangely enough one of the most durable materials out there, especially when used for flooring, which means we need to give more credit to pandas for being able to munch down on this tough plant.
Anyway, an entire bamboo forest only takes around four years to completely regrow after a harvest, and that’s why it’s an excellent eco-friendly flooring option for anyone looking to go green.
In addition to its durability, bamboo flooring is also easy to maintain, really simple to install, and naturally resistant to insects, water, and mildew. The material is also available in a wide range of hues that make it easy to pair with nearly any interior scheme. Install bamboo floors on kitchens, bedrooms and living rooms if you want to take advantage of its attributes.
Yeah, you read that right. Cork. The material popularly known for being used on bulletin boards and wine bottle caps is rapidly rising as a flooring option due to its eco-friendly reputation and remarkable attributes, which include comfort, durability, and design versatility. Oh, and cork floors also come with anti-microbial properties that help keep the occupants of your home away from some potential health hazards.
What makes it eco-friendly? Well, it is sourced from the bark of cork oak trees, which are considered a renewable source because of its ability to grow back quickly (every three years).
Now, if you’re leaning towards using this green flooring option for your home, remember that its properties make it ideal for installation in rooms where you normally spend a lot of time on your feet, like the kitchen, living room, or bedroom.
When it comes to carpets, there are several eco-friendly options to choose from, including wool, seagrass, and sisal, among others. But out of all green carpet choices, wool is arguably the best one.
Wool carpets provide your family with an excellent kind of flooring that not only feels warm and cosy for everyone’s feet but also comes in a wide selection of hues and styles that makes it relatively easy to match with any setting or décor. It is also durable enough to withstand the tests of time.
As for its eco-friendly factor, wool is a natural resource typically harvested in a humane manner from sheep. The wool continuously grows all year round, which makes it one of the fastest growing natural resources for green flooring choices. But its environmental impact doesn’t end there.
Wool carpets are also biodegradable and recyclable. So even if you don’t feel like passing down the run-down wool carpet you bought 20 years ago to one of your children, disposing of it won’t make you feel like you’re contributing to the ever-growing solid waste problem of the world.