Climate change is real, and it’s coming fast. We see it in today’s weather and with massive deforestation happening today. Unfortunately, the flooring industry has a large carbon footprint, but there are ways we can mitigate that.
So let’s jump into our tips for environmentally friendly flooring. These are three options for flooring types which are environmentally friendly and very suitable for your home.
First up is bamboo flooring. This type of floor has gotten more popular recently. Bamboo is a grass which grows insanely quickly. That means that it doesn’t emit that much CO2 and that we don’t run the risk of deforestation when harvesting this material.
Bamboo is usually received overseas so you want to make sure you hire us so that we can verify that you’re getting your bamboo floors from a reputable supplier that is serious about their environmental impact.
Next, we have reclaimed wood. Yes, this is wood, and yes, it comes from trees, but we already have an abundance of wood we don’t know what to do with. We can repurpose that wood so that we don’t need to cut down any more trees and use material that would have gone to waste anyway.
This is an excellent option when you feel like you need to have hardwood. Bamboo and cork are great options on their own, but this one is an environmentally friendly way of getting authentic hardwood flooring for your home.
There are more options for eco-friendly flooring out there. Feel free to give us a call so that we can work out what’s best for you and your home.
Finally, we have cork, a wonderful option for reducing deforestation. While cork does come from trees, it’s not made from wood but instead from a certain kind of tree bark. The bark is cut into bits and pressed together to create cork.
Cork flooring is an excellent option if you want a floor that’s a little more kid friendly. It’s also great at absorbing sound so if there tends to be a lot of activity in the room or you have a few musicians in the household, cork will absorb those sounds nicely and dampen the acoustics of the room.
It should be warned though that cork doesn’t mix well with water, so you want to avoid this type of floor in basements or any floor that’s at risk of flooding.