Well, now there’s the million dollar question! And it depends who you ask. Here are the obvious choices that you may have heard about…
Bamboo flooring: made from a quickly renewable resource making it a “green floor” option.
This product can be harvested in from 2-8 years as a rule.
Cork Flooring: to produce this product ONLY the bark is removed from the “Cork Oak” tree and it recovers in 5-8 years in most cases. This allows cork to be considered “renewable” and therefore an earth friendly flooring option.
100% wool quality carpets and rugs made with materials with nothing harmful used in its manufacture, and is 100% biodegradable , this become an eco friendly flooring option.
How about engineered wood floor as an eco friendly flooring option for kitchen & bathrooms? Well many flooring manufacturers are saying why not? If you only have an 1/8″ or even 3/16″ or 1/4″ layer of the “slow growth” hard wood on top, and much faster growth more renewable and eco friendly lumber making the core and the backing, is that not conserving our resources? Is that not using “less” of our precious slow growth forests? You be the judge.
There are a tremendous amount of considerations for the consumer to think about when deciding what eco friendly flooring choice to make, we all must be conscious and try to responsibly support the companies who pay attention to our environment. Now it is up to you to take this info and use it to find a “balance”.