What is Green Flooring?

Friday September 26, 2008
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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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low voc flooring
The only way to be certain that a floor is emitting the minimum voc's and other chemicals is to have a reliable third party certification for the flooring in question. There are only (3) certifications that meet the California 01350 standard, which is an emissions testing protocol screening for hazardous content. mold and mildew http://www.healthybuilding.net/healthcare/CHPS_1350_summary.pdf The (3) certifications that meet the California 01350 standard is FloorScore, GreenGuard Children and Schools and Green Label Plus for carpeting. For more information and for flooring that is readily avialable commercially that meets the above creteria visit www.yourgreenflooring.com
April 11 2012
low voc flooring
The only way to be certain that a floor is emitting the minimum voc's and other chemicals is to have a reliable third party certification for the flooring in question. There are only (3) certifications that meet the California 01350 standard, which is an emissions testing protocol screening for hazardous content. mold and mildew http://www.healthybuilding.net/healthcare/CHPS_1350_summary.pdf The (3) certifications that meet the California 01350 standard is FloorScore, GreenGuard Children and Schools and Green Label Plus for carpeting.
April 11 2012
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For health and allergies, hard surfaces are usually the better option, but if you choose carpet as your green flooring you should look to the label. Carpet that carries the industry label "CRI Green Label" and "CRI Green Label Plus" has been tested and has met industry requirements for improved indoor air quality. If you're replacing old carpet, be sure to insist that your installer take away the old carpet for recycling. Old carpet makes up almost 2% of the municipal waste volume in the US and only 6% of old carpet currently gets recycled. Jason Stone Sage Homebuilders St. Louis, MO
December 11 2008
Nice article
Cork is my favorite green flooring. This site does a great job of showing you all of your options without biased opinions.
October 2 2008
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