Eco friendly flooring and sustainable flooring are becoming ever more important in a world fighting climate change, plastic mountains and pollution. What’s good for the environment is good for humans, conserving energy and promoting good health. So, if you want to make the change to more sustainable flooring in your home without compromising on style, read on for expert advice.
Eco friendly flooring, also known as sustainable flooring, is – as the name suggests - all about sustainably and there are several key points to consider. 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 and what chemical treatments are involved in its production?
Wool carpets are very eco-friendly as sheep regrow their wool every year, so this is a resource that’s 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, which guarantees environmentally responsible practices at every stage of the production process.
However, as well as using sustainable flooring materials, eco friendly flooring manufacturers should follow green practices as much as possible throughout the entire production process. At Tapi, our 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.
What is the best eco friendly carpet?
Pure wool carpets are good for the planet and feel wonderful on the feet. Also, because of their long-lasting, hard-wearing nature, they will endure for a 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 too.
Other natural fibres for carpets include sisal, coir or jute, made from sustainable plants, however they can sometimes be scratchy on bare feet, so combine with a pure wool rug if using in a bedroom.
There are two options when it comes to sustainable flooring underlay - clean and re-use the original underlay, or buy recycled/sustainable underlay, made from wool or recycled polymer. You could also choose underlay made from 'crumb' or recycled rubber.
The most sustainable flooring choices in wood include cork and bamboo, which are long-lasting natural options from renewable sources. Hard wood from certified sustainable sources should also be considered.
Recent years have seen a huge increase in popularity of hard wood alternatives, including laminate. Made from sustainable products, it’s manufactured in modern production facilities that are subject to strict emissions and environmental standards and often have their own energy and heating cycles.
Our largest suppliers here at Tapi are completely self-sufficient, replanting all trees used for production and using surplus materials to power their manufacturing plants. Look out for the PEFC label on products, which guarantees responsible forestry management and conservation.
Resilient and long-lasting, vinyl doesn’t have to be disposed very often in its life cycle and the major proportion of our vinyl flooring here at Tapi is recyclable. We work with responsible suppliers, including those who operate wind turbine farms to supply the energy needed to run their manufacturing plants. Any plastics used in our products are phthalate free and do not use this potentially harmful substance.
And remember, both vinyl and laminate flooring promote clean air, as they do not trap dust mites or mould spores that might aggravate allergens or sneezing. Hard floors can contain 100 times less allergens than carpets.
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