It’s now easier than ever to make the switch to eco-friendly flooring. The most popular “green” flooring options are made from recycled and natural materials that have the ability to regenerate, such as cork or bamboo. For those skeptical about making the switch to eco-friendly flooring, rugs made from recycled plastic are an easy option. Additionally, a grander solution is ceramic wood, which can be used to provide flooring for an entire room.
In addition to its aesthetic qualities, bamboo serves as an eco-friendly home flooring option due to bamboo’s ability to regrow within a relatively speedy amount of time (usually within a couple of years).
Like most eco-friendly flooring options, bamboo flooring takes a great deal of care. The floor should be swept or vacuumed on a regular basis, and special cleaners should be used for deep cleaning.
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly flooring option for your outdoor space, ceramic may serve as an ideal choice. Various home improvement shops offer ceramic, outdoor flooring that looks very similar to wood flooring. In addition to being able to withstand the elements, ceramic flooring serves as an eco-friendly option, given that no lumber is required to create its wood-like surface. Ceramic wood also works well indoors.
Similar to bamboo flooring, cork flooring is made from the bark of cork oak trees, which can regenerate within three years. Thanks to the cork’s ability to withstand noise, it’s perfect for home spaces with high traffic.
Recycled Plastic Rugs
For an easy, eco-flooring fix, recycled plastic rugs are a worthy option. These rugs are made from a variety of recycled materials, including soda bottles, plastic bottles, and packing material. While a rug made from recycled plastic may not seem like a chic option when it comes to eco-flooring, some plastic rugs feature elaborate designs and retail for as much as $250. For the frugal shopper, there are also plenty of plastic rugs under $40.
Pebble Tile Flooring
Looking for an eco-friendly flooring option for your bathroom? Pebble tile floors created using recycled glass are a visually pleasing way to keep your bathroom floor, eco-friendly. In addition to its visual charm, pebble tile floors are a wonder on the feet with its massage-like qualities.
Decorative Concrete Flooring
Concrete serves as both a foundation slab and finished floor, so it has the ability to pull double duty. While images of grim, gray floors might first come to mind when considering concrete flooring, there is an eco-friendly way to add color to your concrete floors. There are environmentally-friendly stains that are available in a variety of colors.
As a fun option for an outdoor space or even a playroom, there’s synthetic grass, an environmentally friendly flooring option that looks similar to natural grass. This grass flooring is synthetic, so there’s no need for water or any harmful chemicals that are sometimes needed for natural grass.
Sources: HGTV, Elegant-Floors, EcoFriendlyFooring, Cali Bamboo, Houzz, ProGreen
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