As the recent heat wave has told us, climate change is here, it’s real, and we need to do something about it. It’s an issue that demands our attention from all angles, not just in how we use our straws but in how we use all our resources and how we hold our government to account. We need to actively rethink everything we do in order to save us from the worst effects of global climate change.
One way we can help climate change is by reducing deforestation and increasing reforestation. Doing that requires us to look at the different wood or tree-based materials in our lives and find ways to get the same or similar results without needing to cut down any more trees. That’s where eco-friendly flooring comes in.
It’s hard to measure how much the flooring industry influences the Earth’s climate, but we know that there are practices that are worse for the environment even if they save us money. Even if we manage to avoid cutting down more trees for hardwood flooring, there are still issues such as the carbon footprint of manufacturing and importing the product. Many companies that supply the materials are overseas, meaning that we don’t have as much oversight over how they function, and therefore can’t fully measure their carbon footprint.
But there are reputable companies which are certified to be environmentally friendly. And a good flooring company like Kruper Flooring knows how to find the right people who you know you can trust in creating a floor that is eco friendly at every step.
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.
Cork is another flooring type that’s also a great option to reduce 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.
Finally, 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.