Hello modern sustainable lifestyle,
It is very important not to forget your eco-consciousness when choosing the flooring for your house. Call it sustainable, eco-friendly, green or whatever – it’s the same thing, but it helps us show kindness to our planet. When choosing sustainable flooring, it is important to think of the long run and ask yourself the questions:
“Is my decision actually eco-friendly?”
“Will it prove cost-effective?”
If you don’t have the answers then here are our 5 options that will set you in the right path:
Starting from $1.50 only per sq. ft.
We know it’s confusing and we were confused (at first) too. But cork actually makes for a durable and comfortable softwood flooring. They give thermal insulation, are fire resistant and do not attract dust. It is eco-friendly because it can be recycled from wine bottles and are usually made from the thinner barks of cork tree which is not damaging to the tree. It is also one of the cheapest options with a variety of designs and colours to choose from.
Starting from $3 only per sq. ft.
Yes, bamboo is technically a grass but it behaves and acts as a hardwood. It is easy to maintain and install and the sky is the limit when personalising bamboo. It can be designed to give a dapper, modern vibe vertically and a cozy, rustic vibe when installed horizontally. Using bamboo gives a beautiful ‘wood’ option without killing the rainforests.
Prices ranging from $2 to $5 per sq. ft.
Linoleum is often overlooked when scanning through floor options, however, it is a great way to be environmentally friendly and save money at the same time. It is based on all-natural items from flax plant which makes it recyclable and biodegradable. The colourful and stylishly patterned linoleum tiles can add life to any room of the house. It is highly hypoallergenic which makes it kid-friendly and releases no air pollutants of any sort.
4.) Recycled Carpet
Maximum price under $13 per sq. ft.
Carpet is a tricky option but if you trust your seller and the products used in its manufacturing then carpeting is the one. Nowadays, carpets are usually made from recycled materials so it is not that hard to find. Carpets made from natural materials and with no chemical treatments are the go-to option for any environment freak.
Pricing $15 and higher per sq. ft.
Concrete is an unlikely contender in a sustainable flooring options’ list but it is already put in as a sub-floor. So, making it your standard flooring is the best eco-friendly option that saves you money. It can be polished or tinted and materials like glass can be mixed to style it. It also does not need to be replaced and is very easy to clean. These 5 options are our best because they are on the less pricey side and give a plethora of color, design, style to choose from. So, which sustainable and cost-effective option will you choose?