Being conscious about our environment is no more a luxury, in fact it has become a necessity, both at the macro and micro levels. When it gets unbearably hot in summer, or when the unpredictable rains damage our crops, we all suffer and hence it is important, that each one of us makes an effort to choose a lifestyle that least disturbs the environment and ecology around us. Today we bring to you 4 eco-friendly flooring options for your home.
The making of these flooring options does not consume a lot of energy, is made using recycled or easily renewable natural resources, is durable and yet, is aesthetically a treat to the eyes.
Reclaimed Wood Flooring
Reclaimed wood can come from diverse sources, usually reclaimed old buildings, factories warehouses or from trees that died naturally or fell owing to a natural calamity. These are most often, oak, chestnut and pine wood.
Considering we live in a World with diminishing resources, using reclaimed wood reduces the need for virgin timber, ensuring that trees are not cut mindlessly to feed our ever growing greed, in turn helping preserve our forests.
But the benefits of using reclaimed wood are not limited to environment alone. Reclaimed would is more seasoned than Virgin wood and hence is weather proof to a great extent, which means it won’t expand or contract owing to change in weather. If you are not too finicky about symmetry in colour and grains, you might actually see this wood adding a whole new dimension to your decor, with each slab adding a distinct characteristic. Most importantly, reclaimed wood comes for 50% the cost of Virgin wood.
Bamboo flooring is another option, it is a variety of grass which shares the characteristics of hardwood. The Bamboo plant is a highly renewable resource that is able to grow to maturity in as little as three to five years, which is much faster than hardwood, which can take 20 years or more to reach maturity.
Easy to maintain and install, durable in the long run, available in a variety of textures and colours, with great aesthetic appeal, Bamboo flooring can give you the look and feel of hardwood, without really pricking your conscious.
Linoleum is created from a concoction of linseed oil, cork dust, tree resins, wood flour and ground limestone.
All material used in the manufacture of linoleum flooring tiles are biodegradable, natural and easily renewable which is why it makes it to our list of eco-friendly flooring.
Water resistant, extremely easy to clean and are almost zero maintenance with durability that promises to last over 40 years. Available in a wide range of colours and patterns, it is one option that ensures you find something that fits your decor.
Cork, yes you read it right, that same thing that seals your favourite wine bottle, is a new entry in the flooring World. Harvested from the bark of the Cork oak tree it is a renewable resource as the trees are not cut down. The harvested bark grows back in three years.
Cork’s anti-microbial properties reduce allergens in the home, it is fire retardant and easy to maintain and acts as a insect repellent too. It can be easily installed and can last anywhere between 10-30 years.
Post By Merlin Francis