Eco Options

Bamboo

Bamboo has become an attractive alternative within the flooring industry due to its physical similarities to hardwoods. Bamboo is strong and durable as well as being resistant to insects and moisture. Since the demand of bamboo has increased, many appreciate bamboo for it as a highly renewable source of material. Compared to wood, bamboo grows much faster because bamboo is a grass not a wood and it can be harvested without the need to replant as the root system since it is left intact when harvested. This sustainable source has gained in popularity and is an attractive option for consumers.

Benefits

  • Moisture-resistant
  • Durable
  • Eco-friendly because it is a renewable resource

Best Applications

  • Residential interiors, ideal for basements
  • A variety of commercial spaces, including retail stores
Cork

Cork flooring comes from the bark of Cork is a completely renewable resource; cork flooring is composed of 100% post-industrial recycled content from winestopper production. Cork is an excellent flooring material for many reasons. As cork is manufactured from the by-product of the cork oak tree and not the whole tree; instead, the bark is stripped every nine to ten years and will thus not damaging the tree. As such, cork is a completely renewable resource. Most supply comes from cork trees in Europe, the Mediterranean, and China, and is available in tiles and planks having either a glue or glues-less installation.

Benefits

  • Moisture-resistant
  • Insulates against heat, cold, noise
  • Durable
  • Eco-friendly because it is a renewable resource

Best Applications

  • Residential interiors, including basements, entrances, bathrooms, and kitchens
  • A variety of commercial and public spaces, including retail stores, schools, community centers, hotels, restaurants, and hospitals
Reclaimed Wood Flooring

Reclaimed wood is wood taken for re-use from old barn, factories, and buildings, as well as old-growth logs to be used for flooring. Reclaimed wood flooring has not only a unique appearance but also an excellent eco flooring option. The wood's physical characteristics such as strength, stability, and durability can be attributed to the lack of air pollution that existed up until the 20th century, as well as being harvested from virgin growth timber, which had hundreds of years to grow before being modified.

Reclaimed wood is touted as being more stable than newly cut wood because it has been exposed to changes in humidity longer and therefore more stable. In some cases, the timbers from which the boards were cut have been slightly expanding and contracting for over a century in their previous installation. Reclaimed wood has both an intrinsic rustic look and eco-friendly flooring option, bringing character and interest to its applications.

Benefits

  • Creates a unique look
  • Eco-friendly

Best Applications

  • Residential flooring
  • Wall coverings
  • Cottages and cabins
  • Lodges
FSC Certified Wood

All wood products that are FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified contain wood from FSC Certified forest controlled sources or material that is 100% and post-consumer reclaimed or recycled. FSC Certified forests protect wildlife and endangered species, ensure clean water by respecting rivers and waterways, and are not planted with genetically modified (GM) trees or converted into plantations.

Benefits

  • Ensures long-term sustainability of forests
  • Renewable and responsible source
  • Protects wildlife and conservation

Best Applications

  • Residential interiors, including bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms
  • Commercial interiors
Carpet 100 % Wool

Wool carpet develops a rich patina over the years because of its lanolin content. Lanolin also acts as a natural repellant to dust mites, and is a natural stain inhibitor. Wool has a naturally low PH, which makes it resistant to mildew, mold and fungi in almost any climate.

Benefits

  • Spills are repelled to the upper surface of the wool and are easily blotted
  • Wool resists static and mildew
  • Eco-friendly, non-allergenic product

Best Applications

  • Residential interiors, including basements, bedrooms, living rooms, and dining rooms
100 % Undyed Wool Carpet

100% undyed wool carpet contain no dyes, pesticides or stain protection and has an all- natural primary backing that is specifically designed for use in biodegradable flooring. 100% undyed wool carpet uses the hardy hemp fiber, due to its durability, strength and mould and mildew resistance and raw natural materials in their carpet production. For consumers with allergies and/or appreciate environmental sustainability, 100% undyed wool carpet is an excellent flooring option.

Benefits

  • Carpet is biodegradable
  • Produces no off-gassing
  • Mildew and mold resistance

Best Applications

  • Residential interiors, including bedrooms, basements, living and dining rooms
P.E.T. Carpeting

Another eco-option for carpets is the P.E.T. carpet, nicknamed "Pop Bottle Carpets" because they are made from recycled plastic. P.E.T. carpet is an excellent way to recycle the ever-growing mountain of pop bottles humans consume. The carpet is considered green because P.E.T.'s dying process produces less pollution than other carpets, with manufacturers expending less energy to produce virgin carpets.

Benefits

  • Durable
  • High colorfastness
  • Doesn’t absorb moisture, so it is inherently stain-resistent
  • Eco-friendly carpet option, priced competitively
  • Priced competitively

Best Applications

  • Residential interiors, including basements, bedrooms, living and dining rooms