Eco-friendly materials might be a new term to you, but it’s not a new process by any means. In fact, eco-friendly materials like cork, have been around for hundreds of years, but manufacturers just recently started to realize that it has other uses besides making wine corks. If you’re interested in some Eco-friendly flooring options but you aren’t sure where to start, continue to read below for an awesome list on some of the best eco-friendly flooring options around.
Cork flooring is somewhat new in the flooring world, usually, it’s used for things like musical instruments, wine corks or even on walls. Cork is a natural material that is actually found out in the world from the cork oak tree. The difference between this type of a tree versus a regular tree used for paper is that these trees are not cut down. Instead, they are cut into. The bark on the trees grows back every 2-3 years which makes it an ideal source for renewability. This type of flooring material has a very natural way of protecting your home against microbial and it can also reduce allergens in the home, it’s quite easy to clean and take care of and it comes in an array of stains. Cork floors usually last anywhere between 10 to 30 years.
Another very eco-friendly option that is gaining popularity. Bamboo grass has a lot of characteristics like that of the hardwood floor. So, after having an idea about the hardwood, you can make out that bamboo can be compared, is a very durable material, and also easy to clean and take care of. Pretty easy to install as well. Regular trees take around 20 years to reach maturity, bamboo, on the other hand, reaches maturity in almost 3 to 5 years. Bamboo has an array of hues that it comes in which is beneficial to you because you can find the style you really like that goes well with your home style.
When a lot of people think of Linoleum they automatically think of vinyl, but these are actually 2 very different materials. Vinyl is often made from gaseous chemicals which can harm you and your family, as well as your pets. Linoleum, on the other hand, is made from linseed oil and other natural ingredients like limestone, tree resins, cork dust and pigments. Linoleum is fire resistant, as well as water resistant, which makes it really good for both kitchens as well as bathrooms, but you can use it just about anywhere.
Recycled Glass Tiles
Recycled glass tile flooring is actually made from recycled glass bottles. This is, of course, a renewable source and these floors can be used anywhere, but they are especially popular in kitchens, hallways, and bathrooms. It’s glass so it’s non-absorptive, it won’t collect mold or mildew and it won’t stain. Overall, it’s a very easy material to clean and take care of.
Glass also comes in every color under the sun. Not only are these glass tiles and slabs popular as floors, but they also make great backsplashes too.
Concrete might not seem like an ideal material to use for your floor. It’s boring, cold, and bland. But, polished concrete is a whole other story. Polished concrete can be used with pigments to color the actual concrete or you can place stains on the top of it. You would really be surprised as to just how beautiful polished concrete looks, almost like an expensive natural stone floor, without the cost. As one would expect concrete is incredibly durable, especially inside the home, it’s really easy to clean and take care of, and unlike outdoor concrete, this flooring almost never cracks or needs to be replaced.
You may have had some contact with rubber flooring at your local gym. This material is actually made from recycled tires, which is why it’s an Eco-friendly material. Although it’s more commonly used in gyms, it has now started being used in homes as well because it’s softer to walk on than hardwood or tile, and it’s durable and water resistant. In fact, this is a really versatile flooring material that can be used in many different rooms of your home, from the kitchen to the bathroom, even the entryway. It also comes in an array of colors using pigments to color the floor, so no, you don’t just have to have black as the main color.
As you know, hardwood can lead to deforestation. Browse through rainforestinfo.org.au to get an idea about how the deforestation can lead to permanent damages. But, reclaimed wood is wood that is already in existence, just used in a different way. So you are surely not to be bugged with the idea of needed conservation of forests. For example, barn doors, old wood beams in a factory, etc. These are all great types of wood and yet they can be reclaimed by you to use for something other than what they were originally used for i.e; wood floors. You can find them in a form of laminate flooring as well which comes in a lot of stains and styles. You can choose the style that matches the theme of your home and you are all set to go eco-friendly.