Top 10 Eco-Friendly Types Of Flooring

1) Bamboo Flooring

Bamboo has gained popularity due to its hardwood effects, namely its durability and ease of maintenance. 
It is sustainable thanks to its quick growth rate and its formation from natural sources, much shorter than the twenty or so years can take. It is also light and comes in a number of different hues, offering a lot of choices for your floor. This means it’ll work well with many different kinds of decor. 

2) Cork Flooring

Cork is somewhat new to the flooring industry as it usually used in walls or to act as a stopper for your wine. It is, however, a fantastic material for floors also. It is harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree which is usually found in the forests of the Mediterranean. The trees aren’t cut down either, making them a renewable source of the material. 

3) Linoleum

When people think of linoleum, vinyl typically comes to mind but they are nowhere near the same thing. Not even close. Vinyl is a synthetic material made from harmful chemicals while linoleum is made from materials such as cork dust, grounded limestone and linseed oil which is far more sustainable. 

4) Glass Tiles

Could you make floor tiles from old bottles? Absolutely! This is why glass tiles should be a much more popular choice for a sustainable flooring solution. It is non-absorptive and resistant to water damage as well as being easy to maintain. Unlike ceramic, it also reflects rather than absorbs light, giving it an extra layer of appeal. 

5) Concrete

Many people believe concrete to be unsustainable but, again, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Concrete is normally slab on grade and used as subflooring in many residential settings. But concrete is extremely durable and long-lasting, making it easy for cleaning and needs little to no repair or replacing. 

6) Wool Carpet

Carpet has always been a favourite for most floors. However, some of the toxins found in carpets can be harmful to the environment. 
Carpets made of wool, on the other hand, are a natural resource that can be spun together to make up any colour imaginable. It can even last centuries, hence why there are many wool rugs passed down in families. 

7) Rubber

Made from recycled tyres, rubber flooring is making great use of potentially harmful material from doing any damage by laying it down in gyms or playgrounds. It’s slowly finding its way into the home, too, as a long-lasting and water-resistant alternative to many other flooring solutions. 

8) Leather

A surprisingly sustainable material, recycled leather can also be a great alternative. It produces a warm and soft feel and perfect for bedrooms. 

While not ideal for bathrooms or anywhere with a lot of moisture, the scratched and aged leather develops its own personality and makes your home more unique. 

9) Polyester Berber

Plastic bottles are a real problem, hence why polyester Berber carpets can be a far better sustainable option for your flooring. 

10) Reclaimed Hardwood

If your heart is set on traditional wood flooring, you can go the recycled route if you’re concerned about deforestation. 
Age wood can even have its own beauty, giving your home a rustic feel. It’s the ideal solution for cottages or old country houses. 

 

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