If your redecorating plans include new flooring, chances are you’ve given some thought to choosing a new floor that’s environmentally responsible. There’s good news and bad news. The good news is that there is a lot to choose from. The flooring industry has led the home products industry in cutting waste, improving efficiencies, using less energy, recycling more and finding alternative sources.
The bad news is that with so much to see at your dealer’s showroom or online and with so many confusing claims and terms, it’s easy to get “green overload.”
To help sort things out just a little bit, first, let’s take a look at particular types of flooring and what each has to offer regarding the environment. Then a few specifies about what to look for as you shop, and some websites to pursue along the way.
It’s justifiable because the carpet industry has made the greatest strides in responsible manufacturing among all its flooring cousins.
Did you know that about 25 percent of all plastic water and soda bottles diverted from landfills goes into making carpet fiber? Or that the carpet industry has recycled billions pounds of carpet since 2002? And that doesn’t even count enormous gains in savings of water, energy and emissions.
Carpet is also kind to your indoor environment by acting as your home’s giant air filter, trapping particulate out of the air until you’re ready to remove it by proper vacuuming and periodic cleaning.
Don’t count carpet out. You’ll get superior insulation value as well as cozy comfort and quiet.
LVT offers the aesthetics of a natural wood or natural stone product without removing it from nature. Also, as with other flooring types, many manufacturers are using locking systems for floor installation instead of adhesives. Most resilient flooring emits little to no VOCs.
Ceramic, Porcelain and Stone
Tile makers, particularly with domestic manufacturing, have a strong track record of environmental stewardship.
Lots to think about with going green on your floors!