What is the most eco-friendly flooring?

What is the most eco-friendly flooring?

Request Your FREE 52-page Tapi Flooring Guide
Need to know more about carpets and smooth flooring? We're making inspiring flooring reassuringly simple.
Get Your Free Guide
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?
Wool carpets 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.
Order free flooring samples

What is the best eco-friendly carpet?

We understand the importance of sustainability and the impact that our products can have on the environment. That's why we've developed a range of eco-friendly carpets called our TreadKindly range, that are not only beautiful but also made from 100% recycled materials derived from reclaimed plastic. Most of these carpets also have a backing made from natural wool felt, which is a completely renewable and recyclable material.

Pure wool carpets are one of the top options for eco-carpet - they 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, find out more about sisal carpets, or discover what the difference is between jute and sisal. 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.


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, you can buy recycled/sustainable underlay, made from wool or recycled polymer. You could also choose underlay made from 'crumb' or recycled rubber.

Our TreadKindly underlay is our latest innovation in underlay, proudly manufactured right here in the UK, in Yorkshire. Our eco-conscious underlay, Horizon, is not only designed to provide maximum comfort and support underfoot, but it also boasts an impressively low carbon footprint.

But that's not all! Horizon is also 100% recyclable, ensuring that it's future-proof and won't contribute to environmental waste in the long run. We believe in using our resources wisely and sustainably, and Horizon reflects that commitment.

Each roll of Horizon underlay represents an opportunity to make a positive impact on the planet. By using this product, you'll be preventing 150 single-use plastic bottles from ending up in a landfill. It's a small but significant step towards creating a cleaner, greener future, and we're proud to offer it to our customers.

Order free samples

What are the best eco-friendly wooden floors?

If you’re wondering, 'what is the most eco-friendly flooring I could use besides carpet?’ – then you’re in the right place to find the answers. If you want to go for wood or laminate flooring, then the most sustainable flooring choices in the market would include cork and bamboo, which are long-lasting natural options from renewable sources. However, they can be very pricey. Tapi offer many sustainable other laminate and wood options. Hard wood from certified sustainable sources is also a good consideration. Just look for the FSC certified wood and laminate symbol on all flooring to ensure the wood has been harvested sustainably.

There’s been a huge increase in popularity of hard wood alternatives in recent years, including laminate flooring. 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, making it an ideal eco-flooring option for those who are whacky for wood or laminate.
We’re proud to say that our largest suppliers are completely self-sufficient, replanting all trees used for production and using surplus materials to power their manufacturing plants. Keep an eye out for the FSC label on our products, which guarantees responsible forestry management and conservation.


Resilient and long-lasting, luxury vinyl planks or tiles and vinyl flooring is a real eco-superhero because it has a strong life cycle. And with all Tapi vinyl flooring being VOC free and the major proportion being recyclable, it can be a good eco-friendly choice. We work with responsible suppliers, including those who operate wind turbine farms to supply the energy needed to run their manufacturing plants, and we’ve also worked really hard to ensure any plastics used in our products are VOC free.
It’s also worth remembering that both vinyl, wood and laminate flooring promote clean air, as they don’t trap dust mites or mould spores that can aggravate allergens or sneezing. Fun fact: hard floors can contain 100 times fewer allergens than carpets!
There are plenty of eco-friendly flooring options available out there, so why not book a free home visit today so that one of our flooring experts can come and give you a great quote on your own eco-flooring? Or, if you’re feeling confident and ready to purchase your new flooring, pop into your local Tapi store today to see all the samples we have available. Alternatively, for more inspiration on the different types of flooring on offer and how to look after them, head on over to our care guides.
Order free flooring samples