Some of your eco flooring options include bamboos, wool carpets, jute, seagrass,
coir, sisal, cork and sustainable woods ...
Eco flooring is a viable option considering the amount of energy consumption involved in the
production of non-eco friendly floorings (that is, synthetic carpeting). While it might not totally replace non-eco
flooring or carpeting, you can use it where possible, to make your home more eco friendly.
Non-eco floorings can produce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) gas or fumes which can be hazardous to your health.
They are also likely to end up in landfills which may be harmful to the environment. Landfills are dumps where
wastes are disposed of. A lot of problems may occur through their use, some of these may be the release of methane
from wastes (which is more damaging to the environment than carbon dioxide) and water contamination.
Some of your eco flooring choices include bamboos, wool carpets, jute, seagrass, coir, sisal, cork
and sustainable woods.
Bamboos are grasses that look like woods. They grow very quickly, are renewable and hard enough to be utilized in
construction. Wool carpets are anti-static green flooring made from wool. Jute is a vegetable fibre that can be
woven into carpets. Seagrass is a plant. Coir is fibre from coconuts. Sisal is a plant with stiff fibre. Cork is
made from the bark of the cork oak tree, it is renewable because the bark re-grows itself after it has been scraped
off from the tree to make corks.
Sustainable woods are woods produced under the criteria that they will not be used up faster than their parent
forests can keep up, which may lead to negative consequences for people and the environment. Sustainable woods are
eco friendly because they came from trees that take in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, creating a better earth;
they are also renewable, through the sustainable methods used for conserving and preserving them.
Your best green home flooring option may be wool carpets, these are one-hundred percent
recyclable, can use natural backing, and can be bought untreated and do not need any toxic cleaning
Each one of these green eco flooring options have their own pros and cons, you can use their strengths to determine
the appropriate area in your home to use them. Bamboos may not be used in laundry rooms for example because they
are susceptible to too much moisture; you may therefore have to use them in rooms that are mostly dry. The costs of
these floorings differ too, you should buy what you can afford and mix them by using different type of eco
floorings in different areas of your home.
Eco floorings are renewable, reusable or recyclable. You may not need to use adhesives with some of them during
installation or you may choose to use non-toxic adhesives or alternative methods of installation instead. Some eco
floorings may not have been treated with chemicals from the manufacturers or you may get eco floorings treated with
non-toxic chemicals for yourself. Many of these floorings too can be cleaned with cleaning products made from
When thinking of what carpet to use for your home, add eco flooring to your list.