With the increasing concern of eco-sustainability, we are making sure that we carry more and more lines of flooring that take care of the environment, and in turn care for you family. We offer products in all of our flooring categories – carpet, vinyl, area rugs, tile – that are committed to meeting the ethical standards and moral obligation of the environment, while also ensuring that your home looks beautiful. Just because something is eco-friendly, does not mean the product is not up to the standards that you expect & need from your flooring.
We all know that hardwood adds value to your home. Gorgeous hardwood floors are still possible while protecting the environment. Did you know that hardwood floors are listed as a great flooring type by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) due to the improvement of overall air quality in the home? Hardwood floors are hypoallergenic which is a win for those that do suffer from multiple types of allergies.
Wood is a reusable flooring type. Wood floors can be sanded down and re stained to suit newer or changed stain color taste. If you find that your home’s wood flooring is too damaged to stain again, there are many projects that you can do with the flooring instead of just throwing it away. Some even prefer the look of aged wood! If DIY projects aren’t for you, you can also donate the wood to be burned and used as fuel.
When looking for new hardwood flooring, it is important to look into the practices used by companies and manufacturers. You can significantly enhance your environmental responsibility by shopping with a company that is committed to sustainable practices and materials. Look for organizations that domestically source, and use materials from renewed forests. Another way to assess the eco-friendliness of a brand is to see if it has received any third-party certifications from environmental groups, such as the California Air Resources Board (CARB) and Forest Stewardship Council, or meets criteria set forth by the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program and the GREENGUARD Certification Program.
Some of the hardwood brands that we carry that have sustainable practices are Shaw Floors, Cali Bamboo, Bruce, Mannington, Hampstead Home USFloors.
Bamboo is the fastest-growing plant on earth, and it can be continuously re-harvested without damage to the plant or its surrounding ecosystem. One of the best bamboo flooring companies we have come across is Cali Bamboo. By manufacturing high-quality materials made from renewable resources, Cali Bamboo helps to maintain old growth forests for future generations–reducing CO2 emissions, deforestation, and loss of natural habitat for more breathable air and a much brighter future.
Hypoallergenic carpets may reduce allergy symptoms and improve breathing by trapping irritating particles and preventing them from circulating in the air, depending on the materials in the carpet.
Air.o from Mohawk floors is a game changer when it comes to carpet. Unlike traditional carpet, Air.o is engineered with just one material making it the only 100% recyclable soft flooring available. Air.o is the smart soft flooring choice for your home and the environment. The fibers in the carpet don’t absorb moisture, which helps prevent the growth of allergens and microbes. Air.o carpet fiber is created using advanced polymers. With no latex or harmful VOCs, your hypoallergenic carpet is safe and odor-free. This carpet comes with a felt fiber pad attached, so install is a breeze!
Another carpet option is from DreamWeaver. What is different about PureBac? It is the first premium backing system on our own PureColor® Fiber system, and is currently applied to select Dream Weaver styles.
Thanks to their new technologies and processes, such as their proprietary solution-dyed fiber construction, they make quality carpet with minimal impact on the environment. No latex. No wrinkle. Ultra-Fresh protection, which means that it protects from odors and staining caused by bacteria, fungi, mold & mildew.
Vinyl aka Linoleum
Forbo Flooring Systems offers an amazing flooring product made out of – plants. Marmoleum is made from natural raw materials, most of which are harvested as annual crops. Flax plants, which provide the vegetable linseed oil, jute, used for the mesh carrier on which linoleum is calendered and wood flour obtained from the waste material of production forestry, all during their lifetime capture CO2 which is absorbed in the plants and trees that are used to manufacture linoleum. Forbo Marmoleum is the only CO2 neutral resilient flooring and the best choice for every sustainable interior.
Tile Floor & Wall Covering
Tile has the smallest carbon footprint of any floor surface. It’s green certified and completely free of VOCs, plastics, and dangerous chemicals present in other flooring types. Tile is easy to clean and, if glazed, won’t absorb liquids or release unpleasant odors. Tile resists scratching and is fire-resistant. Tile doesn’t harbor potentially harmful mold spores, pollen, dust, or dust mites. It also doesn’t contain toxic chemicals and won’t give off fumes.
One well know tile company that does quite a bit to be earth conscious is daltile. More than 98% of Daltile’s manufactured products contain pre-consumer (post-industrial) recycled materials. Daltile has helped prevent an average of over 175 million pounds per year from ending up in our nation’s landfills.
Cork’s environmentally friendly nature starts with the actual product and production process that are used to create cork flooring. Only the bark of the cork oak tree is harvested and the tree continues to flourish after the cork is removed. The bark is replenished every nine years, which makes cork a renewable resource. There are many benefits to cork flooring – fire resistant, anti-allergen, no VOCs, it also condenses under pressure and then bounces back. What an amazing flooring material!
If you want the cleanest, most sustainable area rug for your home, opt for EverStrand. This premium PET polyester fiber is thoroughly purified for the cleanest strand and easy to keep clean with advanced soil and stain protection. And, with up to 100% recycled content, it’s the world’s most sustainable carpet. The maker of this amazing fiber is Mohawk which makes the Karastan line of area rugs. Did you know that Mohawk uses recycled plastic bottles to make EverStrand? Those plastic bottles actually create a stronger yarn than other PET. So you get a durable, long-lasting area rugs that contributes to a cleaner planet: made with up to 100% recycled content. When shopping the line, look for the EverStrand fiber and you’ll know that you have a truly sustainable area rug.
No matter what type of flooring you’re looking for, we have options that are friendly to your health and supports the longevity and preservation of the environment around us.
3 thoughts on “Sustainable and Eco-Friendly Flooring”
The basement that we put Mohawk’s Air.o in is doing very well.
Great examples, thanks for sharing. Important to have sustainable flooring for our future.
Thank you for sharing. Well written to have a brief comparison on different flooring covers for sustainability.
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