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Choose Stylish Eco-Friendly Floors

At one time, there were only a few bland choices available for those looking for eco-friendly and sustainable flooring for their homes. As more and more designers started seeking out eco-friendly materials for their environmentally savvy clients, manufacturers have stepped up and given the design world many beautiful options to choose from.

Cork Flooring: Cork is harvested from the bark of the cork oak tree which is commonly found in the forests of the Mediterranean. The trees are not cut down to harvest the bark but instead the bark is harvested and grows back every three years, making it an ideal renewable resource.  It has anti-microbial properties that reduce allergens in the home; it acts as a fire retardant, its easy to maintain and it acts as a natural insect repellent too.

Bamboo Flooring: Believe it or not, Bamboo is actually a form of grass, but with the strength of a hardwood making this an excellent choice for flooring. Bamboo is sustainable and grows very quickly—it reaches maturity in three to five years making it much faster to re-grow than a traditional tree.

Linoleum: Don’t confuse this flooring with vinyl. In reality, Linoleum is made with a concoction of linseed oil, cork dust, tree resins, wood flour, pigments and ground limestone. It’s very durable, fire retardant and water resistant and completely eco-friendly.

Concrete Flooring: We normally think of concrete floors as being cold, dusty, and only suitable in the basement under some other kind of flooring. That’s not always the case. Polished concrete floors can look amazing, be tinted, heated and there’s no need for traditional flooring to be laid over it.

Glass Tiles: Ever wonder where your glass wine & beer bottles end up? They’re recycled into glass tiles. Glass tiles won’t absorb stains and won’t build up mildew or mold in damp environments.  

Wool Carpet: If you like the warmth of carpet under your feet, look for wool! This natural renewable resource is very durable and can last centuries.

Reclaimed Hardwood Floor: If your heart is set on traditional hardwood, consider reclaimed wood. This is flooring made from existing wood from trees that were cut down long ago. And salvaged wood flooring from other projects is a great option for older homes and cottages.

Think About The Ethics

Our own well-being as humans, and the well-being of the environment are completely linked. It’s important to consider the labour and ethics behind the products you purchase for your home.

If you’re in the market for quality furniture, accessories and decor, there’s a growing market of products you should look for.

Companies that offer fair-trade certifications and fair working condition certifications mean these items are made by craftspeople in marginalized communities like BIPOC or women. So be sure to consider who is making the items you buy and find out how well they’re treated while doing so.

Kate Broddick

Real Estate Sales Representative, Team Leader

kate@teamkate.ca
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