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Green Flooring Options

The floor beneath your feet can help you promote your green lifestyle and give you chance to support sustainable practices. Materials for green flooring include:

  • Bamboo is a rapid-growing grass harvested by cutting the stalks. The bamboo is not killed in the process, making it sustainable. Although bamboo looks very similar to a traditional wood floor, it has a distinctive knuckle in the grain. It’s available in solid and engineered flooring options from dozens of different manufacturers.

    Bamboo looks like wood but is sustainable.
    Bamboo looks like wood but is sustainable.

    Be sure to choose a floor made completely of solid bamboo, with nontoxic glues and sealers.

  • Linoleum, made from sawdust and linseed oil, is a safe and natural product. Vinyl floors are cheap, but they last only a few years and are toxic in their production. Natural linoleum, however, is durable, easier to clean than vinyl, and naturally antistatic. Because it hardens with age, some homeowners have reported over 50 years of use from their linoleum floors.

    Linoleum can last for years and gets harder as it ages.
    Linoleum can last for years and gets harder as it ages.
  • Cork flooring traditionally is made from the bark of a cork tree. Because harvesting the bark doesn’t hurt the tree, and the bark grows back quickly, cork is considered a sustainable material. Several manufacturers now offer cork flooring made from recycled wine bottle corks in a wide variety of patterns.

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