There are many choices on the market today for eco-friendly flooring, and it is important to know all the options to find what works best for you. Most people think that “green” flooring means that it is made from a natural, renewable substance- which is true- but there are many more factors that affect a flooring material’s impact on the environment. Some factors you should be aware of when looking for green, eco-friendly flooring include its ability to be recycled, transport distance, toxicity to the environment, maintenance, and its life cycle.
Cork is a naturally renewable material, and is a very cost-effective flooring option, with the average price of $1.50 – $4 per square foot. Cork is made from the bark of the cork oak tree, which grows back after being harvested, so the tree is not damaged. Also, some cork flooring is made from recycled bottle stoppers. It provides excellent insulation against heat and cold and naturally repels insects and mold.
Linoleum is another cost-effective flooring option, with an average price of $2 to $5 per square foot. Linoleum is made from oxidized linseed oil, produced from flax plants, and is highly renewable. The production of the flooring doesn’t have a significant negative effect on the environment, and they have a long-lasting span of 25 to 40 years. Also, when the material can no longer be used as flooring, it can be burned for fuel. The energy produced by burning one square foot of linoleum is about the same as the amount of energy it takes to make one square foot, making its life cycle a loop system.
Similar to linoleum, bamboo flooring also averages at $2 to $5 per square foot. Bamboo is a great eco-friendly flooring option, as it is one of the fastest growing plants with a harvest cycle of just 3 to 5 years, making it extremely renewable. However, there are some drawbacks to consider before purchasing. Bamboo is mainly produced in the Pacific Rim, meaning there will be a significant amount of pollution created from importing it to your location. Also, some bamboo can be made with formaldehyde, and it is important to ask your dealer about the formaldehyde emissions before purchasing.
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