Eco friendly flooring solutions

Published by: manav on 19th Jan 2017 | View all blogs by manav

In a world where we are all trying to do our bit to reduce our carbon footprint, have you ever considered optiong for eco-friendly flooring solutions in your home?


An article in
FloorSave highlights the need for eco-friendly alternatives in the flooring sector. Since the industrial revolution, the sheer volume of the natural materials the world needs to thrive has been constantly restricted. Opting for eco-friendly flooring made from renewable materials that have been manufactured in more environmentally-friendly ways is one small way that you can do your bit for the planet. Not only this, but eco-friendly flooring solutions can be stylish and contemporary in their own right. So which are the best options on the market today?

Cork

Commonly harvested from Mediterranean forests, cork is the ultimate renewable material as it literally grows back on the trees after a few years. As a flooring option it has many desirable properties - it is easy to maintain, fire retardant and a great thermal and acoustic insulator. It also has some anti-allergen properties and can repel insects. It can be finished in a range of stains and paints and can last anywhere up to 30 years.

Linoleum

Many people confuse linoleum with vinyl. Lino is actually a far more eco-friendly product and is made up of natural materials such as wood flour, cork, limestone and tree resins. It is water resistant and durable, meaning that is has an extremely long shelf life. Despite having a long history, lino fell out of favour for a time but now it is emerging as a popular eco-friendly flooring solution, it is being manufactured in a range of contemporary patterns and designs - a great choice for bathrooms and kitchens.

Reclaimed Hardwood

If you love the look of engineered wood flooring (
http://www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk/engineered-wood-flooring) but worry about the environmental implications of deforestation, then reclaimed hardwood could be the perfect option for you. Reclaimed hardwood makes use of existing wood from trees that have already been cut down, while hardwood that comes with an FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) seal of approval means that is has been thoughtfully and ethically harvested in a way that isn't detrimental to the environment.

These days eco-friendly doesn't mean having to settle for second-best. These are just three of many options within the eco-friendly flooring market that prove that style and ethics can co-exist harmoniously.

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