What is sustainable flooring?

Being environmentally aware is becoming more and more important on both a national and local level. As a nation we have mostly mastered recycling, take heed of Fair Trade labels and look for energy efficiency household items when we can.

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In this article we take a look at how choosing the right flooring with the environment in mind is a good choice for both your interior design and the planet.

Laminate flooring

Laminate flooring is both sustainable and stylish. Made up of leftovers, like woodchip and sawdust, from timber yards, this makes laminate flooring very sustainable, meaning it helps to ensure such leftover materials don’t go to waste.

Engineered flooring

This flooring is made up of a top layer of hardwood with a softwood layer, combining the benefits of real hardwood with slower growing trees.

Stone floors

Although the mining, cutting and transportation of stone makes it not the most eco-friendly of products, it is natural and well lasting. Such longevity makes it environmentally conscious.

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Rubber floors

Rubber floors are a good choice for bathrooms – have a look at https://www.woodfloorwarehouse.co.uk/engineered-flooring.html, as they are waterproof and durable. Rubber from old tyres is recyclable and is well used in gyms and playgrounds.

Natural flooring

There are so many natural floor coverings to choose from, including jute, sisal, coir and seagrass. Made from natural fibres they are stylish at the same time as being durable with great staying power. They come in a whole host of weaving patterns and grades with woven carpets benefitting from an underlay, adding extra comfort and support. Many new styles are impressively made from 80 percent recycled rubber and felt with the packaging also 100 percent recyclable.

Hardwood floors

A hardwood floor can match virtually any style in any home, including rustic, modern, classic and contemporary. It’s worth remembering, though, that the hardwood should be responsibly sourced. Look for FSC certifications, a worldwide organisation that ensures forestry products are sustainable at every level.

The real beauty of hardwood floors is that they can be cared for and renovated over a long period of time. Hardwood floors can also be stained, resulting in a change of ambience in the room and, importantly and sustainably, not requiring a whole re-flooring project, which offsets the ecological cost of the creation of new wooden planks.