As time goes on, more and more people are realizing the rate at which we’re depleting the Earth’s natural resources. The solution, of course, is to be mindful of how we use these resources and adjust accordingly. One thing we can do is to start with our own homes and carefully examine the ways in which we use natural resources there. We recommend starting at the bottom—the flooring—so we’ve created a list of five eco-friendly flooring solutions.
1. Glass Tiles
Did you know you can outfit your floor with recycled glass? Created from recycled items such as wine bottles, windowpanes, and mason jars, these tiles come in a variety colors. The glass also reflects the room’s existing lighting, creating more light in the room and therefore saving on electricity, as well.
Concrete has been found to reduce our carbon footprint, making it a frontrunner when it comes to economical flooring solutions. Though people often associate concrete floors with garages, they’re also recognizing its versatility and durability and are applying it to rooms in their homes. You can customize the level of shine, and concrete gives off the industrial aesthetic that many people have declared one of the hottest trends in modern home design.
Bamboo’s increase in popularity can be attributed to the fact that it grows much faster than the trees we often fashion into flooring. The regeneration rate makes bamboo more rapidly renewable than many other resources. It’s also long-lasting and easy to clean, making it an attractive option for many people.
Linoleum is created from responsible materials such as linseed oil and limestone. It can last nearly 50 years, and once it has run its course, the materials are biodegradable. It’s also one of the most cost-effective flooring options. Linoleum feels a touch softer than some other types of flooring, and you can buff it to enhance its appearance.
Due to its popularity in the mid-1900s, cork flooring gives off something of a retro appearance—but it’s making a comeback. Since it’s made from tree bark instead of the wood itself, the tree isn’t damaged and doesn’t need to be cut down for its resources. Like linoleum, cork is another option that’s just as economical for your wallet as it is for the world.