What is Green Flooring?
Flooring that's labeled "green" generally has the smallest possible negative impact on the environment compared to other floor types. The eco-friendliness of a particular product is measured not only by the way in which it's manufactured, but also its effects on the environment before, during and after installation. When choosing flooring for residential or commercial installations, there are a few things to think about.
While certain flooring types like bamboo, cork, ceramic tile and those made from recycled products - such as recycled carpet or rubber tiles - may be advertised as "green," you should still consider the following:
• Where were the resources used to make the flooring grown?
• How were the resources harvested and what sort of fertilizers or insecticides were used?
• If the product is made from primarily recycled materials, how was it manufactured?
• What is the product's carbon footprint? In other words, how far did the floor have to travel from the factory to your home? Was it by ship, plane or truck and how much fossil fuel was used as a result? What emissions were created in its maunufacture?
• Does the adhesive or finish used in the manufacturing process contain formaldehyde* or other volatile organic compounds (VOCs)**?
If your goal is green flooring, you should be safe choosing a floor that's made from recycled products. Also, when discarding old flooring, consider contacting a salvage company who can reclaim your flooring and make new products.
Be an informed and vocal consumer. Don't hesitate to ask questions; remember, flooring is a long-term commitment! The right choice will be healthier for both you and the environment..
*Formaldehyde is a volatile organic compound (VOC) commonly found in wood products and adhesives. It is associated with headaches and respiratory problems, and is believed to cause cancer by the U.S. National Toxicology Program.
*Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) include a large number of carbon-containing chemicals that are believed to cause cancer and dysfunction in the liver and/or kidney.
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