Green Flooring

Green Flooring is any flooring solution that is eco-friendly, contains recycled content, is recyclable, easily sustainable, and leaves a small carbon footprint or has low VOC's (Volatile Organic Compound). It's noteworthy that when referring to this area of flooring products, there are varying degrees of "green".


Bamboo

Bamboo is a rapidly renewing resource that matures in three years. It regenerates without need for replanting, and requires minimal fertilization or pesticides. Currently there is no Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified bamboo, so it's important to check the facts of the particular product you are considering before making your purchase.


Carpet

According to the Carpet and Rug Institute, the carpet industry is minimizing carpet's impact on the environment through the "reduce, reuse and recycle" motto. Once it has reached the end of its lengthy lifespan, old carpet is reused to make new carpet, or is recycled into a variety of products ranging from roofing shingles and railroad ties to automotive parts! In determining whether carpet is in fact "green", analyze carpet fibers, toxics content, dye, VOC emissions, and recycled content. The Green Label and Green Label Plus from the Carpet and Rug Institute ensures that customers are purchasing among the lowest emitting carpet, adhesive, and cushion products on the market.


Carpet Cushion

The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has established the Green Label program to test for VOC's in cushion used under carpet. This program helps you choose low-emission cushion. You can identify these products by looking for the program's green and white seal. These products are continuously monitored to ensure that they maintain compliance.


Cork

Cork is a unique solution, and is a harvested resource - from only the bark of a tree! Beginning in the 1930's, a special "9 year law" was passed to keep cork from being harvested any sooner than every 9 years. The tree used has to reach 60cm in circumference before it can be harvested. The first harvest from a cork tree can only occur at age 25. The tree is not destroyed or damaged when harvesting cork. To complete the environmentally sound process, water based finishes and adhesives should be used.


Hardwood

This solution is a natural resource that is renewable, recyclable, and suitable for a "healthy home" environment.


Linoleum

The natural raw materials used to create Linoleum are available in abundance: linseed oil, rosin, wood flour, cork flour, ecologically responsible pigments, and jute. These raw materials are harvested or extracted with relatively little energy consumption. The main energy resource for the process is the sun. The plants and trees that supply linoleum's raw materials also contribute to the production of oxygen, and the subsequent reduction of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, thus reducing the amount of greenhouse gasses present in the atmosphere. The product can be recycled, and even be safely added to landfill refuse sites where natural decomposition takes place. Linoleum is fully biodegradable and does not release harmful substances or gases such as chlorine and dioxins.


Stone

This recyclable natural product has an enduring life cycle, and therefore does not have to be replaced. Quarry and manufacturing use best practices.