Eco-Friendly Flooring Options

There are a lot of factors to consider when deciding on what flooring is right for your home.  You have to think about how it will mesh with your furniture, your lifestyle, and your overall design. However, there’s one huge factor that you might be overlooking: the environment.  The environment affects all of us, and you can help make it better just by slightly modifying the products and materials you choose to use for your home and in your life.  Take a small step toward saving the planet and try these eco-friendly flooring options!

 

Bamboo

Bamboo flooring is gaining in popularity.  It’s durable, easy to install, and easy to maintain.  What some people don’t know is that it’s also a sustainable and environmentally friendly material.  Like wood, bamboo is harvested from a naturally growing plant, making it a renewable resource.  Unlike wood, bamboo is really a tall, strong grass that grows much more quickly than trees, with a bamboo plant reaching maturity in just three to five years.  Bamboo comes in a variety of colors making it easily customizable to your home, and you can help save the Earth.

Reclaimed Hardwood

If you’re a die-hard tree-hugger and the thought of chopping one down makes you weak, get the traditional hardwood look with none of the guilt!  Think about reclaimed hardwood like a used car: it would already be on the road, now you’re the one driving.  Reclaimed hardwood is made by reusing wood from trees that have been chopped down far before you were considering how to design your house.  It will give your home an old-time cozy feel and you can help fight deforestation!

 

Glass Tiles

Believe it or not, glass tiles are made from recycled materials.  These materials?  Your old wine and beer bottles!  Not only are glass tiles a super renewable and eco-friendly option, but they’re also non-absorptive, meaning they won’t produce mildew, mold, or any other unwanted substances in your home.  In addition to being easy to clean, glass tiling is one of the most diversely customizable options on the market.

 

With all of the great flooring options on the market today, it’s easy to get overwhelmed.  Home design should be fun and easy, not stressful.  Try narrowing down your search by sticking to eco-friendly flooring and save time as well as your planet!