The green rush continues to boom in popularity. With each passing day, more and more people refuse to use things that can be potentially dangerous for our environment. Some people have even outrightly refused to use anything even remotely hazardous for the Earth. As the ecological trend continues to gain momentum, let’s take a look at a couple of eco-friendly floorings for those who want to reflect their sustainable living philosophy in their houses.
Both durable and luxurious, timber is a very interesting and popular choice among eco-conscious homeowners. This flooring is both fully recyclable and renewable, making the timber floors an excellent choice for those who are ready to alter their lifestyle for the sake of the Earth.
Being nothing more than a sort of grass, bamboo is an incredibly renewable resource. It takes only five years for an average bamboo to grow completely, whereas the trees need at least 20 years for the same result.
Although bamboo is actually a grass, it can be safely used in flooring. It has the same look and feel as the actual trees. In addition, nothing creates traditional Asian style better than bamboos!
The closest match to the bamboo is the hardwood. Both materials are quite easy to install, and the further maintaining is very easy and almost effortless. Just like hardwood, bamboo is very durable and available in a multitude of tones and shades, blending with any interior style.
Lavastone is perhaps the only renewable form of stones. It is the hardened lava obtained from regions with high volcanic activity, such as France and Italy. As volcanic eruptions are a common occurrence across the globe, this resource is constantly renewed. And in addition to being aesthetically pleasant, lavastone is a very eco-friendly flooring material.
Floor tiles and kitchen countertops are the most popular and optimal designations for lavastone. The material is quite expensive, so if you’re on a budget, limit it to smaller rooms such as bathrooms. Last but not least – with lavastone you’ll forget about any occasional scratches or stains, as the material is resistant to these types of damage.
Rubber flooring is yet another popular option among eco-friendly customers. It is created from recycled tires and other rubber products.
The main advantage of any rubber flooring is its water resistance. As such, kitchens and bathrooms will benefit the most from this eco-friendly surface. Huge variety of colors and patterns allows for unprecedented degree of customization.
This is where the disposed wine and beverage bottles end up. The recycled material is converted into a beautiful, dampen- and swell-resistant flooring. Highly non-absorptive nature allows for easy maintenance. This type of flooring is available in a huge variety of schemes, colors and patterns. In addition, glass is more reflective than traditional light, creating more luminance for well-lit rooms.
Natural linoleum is a very sustainable, eco-friendly flooring. Although quite expensive, it is one of the best natural floorings currently available on the market.
Not only the natural linoleum is eco-friendly, it also has a wide array of interesting properties. Use of linseed oil makes it resistant to various bacteria, while the cork dust contributes to its fire and water resistance. The other components, such as tree resins, wood flour and ground limestone, also provide to the material’s ecological friendliness. Its only weakness is the water – if you need a flooring for highly humid space, natural linoleum is a no-go.
“How can the stoppers used in beverage bottles be transformed into flooring?”, you might ask. Well, it’s quite easy. Both wine corks and cork flooring are made from cork oak tree natural to the Mediterranean forests. The best thing here is that you don’t have to harvest the trees themselves – you just need to scape off the bark. It will regrow within three years.
Beautiful and sustainable – these are the main properties of cork flooring, right? But wait, there’s one more. It has a surprising set of chemical properties, adding a few years to its shelf life and making the maintenance easier and cheaper.
Surprisingly, cork repels insects and allergens. It is also a known fire retardant. Talking about designs, cork flooring can suit any of your tastes as it can be painted and designed per your wishes and requests. Having a 10 to 30 years lifespan is also a huge plus.