You’ve no doubt heard of these common ways to “green your home:” energy efficient light bulbs, windows, and appliances, programmable thermostats, reducing water usage, etc. But did you realize that your carpets and flooring can also be eco-friendly?
Whether you’re purchasing a new construction home, or looking to upgrade your 1970’s era carpet, eco-friendly flooring not only looks good, it’s great for the environment:
Linoleum: A popular selection for kitchens and bathrooms, linoleum flooring is made from dried and milled flax seed (mixed with other plant materials), and is therefore 100 percent biodegradable. And if your kitchen gets a lot of sunlight, you can rest assured that your flooring won’t fade because the colour is mixed in with the material (unlike vinyl, where it’s printed on the surface.)
Bamboo: If you like the look of hardwood, then bamboo floors might be the right choice for you. Unlike hardwood floors which are made from wood, bamboo is a grass, and is much more renewable than wood (traditional hardwood floors take 50 to 100 years to mature; bamboo takes three to five years.) Bamboo is also known for its strength, durability, and versatility.
Cork: Another excellent eco-friendly flooring option is cork. Cork flooring is harvested from the bark of the cork oak, without actually damaging or killing the tree. Because it absorbs moisture, it’s not suitable for bathrooms; however, it’s a great insulator and provides a resilient, comfortable walking surface.
Recycled Carpet: Every year, millions of pounds of old carpeting are ripped up, and ultimately end up in landfills. However, did you know you can recycle your old carpet? By purchasing recycled carpet (available in many styles, textures, and colours), you’re preventing unnecessary waste and helping the environment.