Eco-friendly flooring, also known as sustainable flooring, is all about sustainability and using less harmful products or processes to create flooring for our homes. It helps to protect our environment, while looking chic all at the same time! So, if you want to make the change to more sustainable flooring in your home without compromising on style, read on for our expert advice.
What is eco-friendly flooring?
Eco-friendly flooring and sustainable flooring are becoming ever more important in a world fighting climate change, plastic mountains, and pollution. There are several key points to consider if you want to pick the most environmentally friendly flooring: does the material used to produce it come from a sustainable source that’s easily replenished? Can it be recycled at the end of its lifespan? What chemical treatments are involved in its production?
are very eco-friendly, as sheep regrow their wool every year, making this a great resource that we know can be easily replenished. Sustainable wood is also taken from renewable sources or forests that have been certified as following international standards of responsible forestry management. Watch out for the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo next to our laminates, which guarantees environmentally responsible practices at every stage of the production process – that’s no mean feat!
As well as using sustainable flooring materials, eco-flooring manufacturers should follow green practices as much as possible throughout the entire production process. Here at Tapi, our favoured suppliers support the environment by using recycled materials and eco-friendly products, such as water-based paints, wherever possible, as well as conforming to low emissions and high environmental standards. So, you can be certain we’re working very hard to provide eco-friendly flooring for you and the environment.
What is the best eco-friendly carpet?
One of the top options for eco-carpet is pure wool carpets, which are good for the planet and feel wonderful on the feet. Also, because of their long-lasting, hard-wearing nature, they’ll last for a really long time in your home and won’t need frequent replacing. Remember, a cosy carpet will warm up your room and can save up to 15% on heating bills, so you’ll save on energy and be cosy as a bug in a rug – literally!
Other natural fibres for carpets include sisal, coir, or jute, made from sustainable plants. Sisal is a totally natural choice, made from 100% plant based organic fibre. A luxurious, durable carpet that adds texture and character. Check out some of our Sisal
and wool carpets here. You can actually pick your favourite wool or sisal carpet from our collection and use our whipping service
to make it into a rug that’s just the right size for your space.
What is the best eco-friendly underlay?
There are two options when it comes to eco-friendly insulation - clean and re-use the original underlay, however you’ll need to consider the condition of the underlay as this may affect the wear and life of your new carpet. Or buy recycled/sustainable underlay, made from wool or recycled polymer. You could also choose underlay made from 'crumb' or recycled rubber.