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 Green Flooring


 

green-flooring

Are you interested in learning more about some of the industry’s top eco-friendly products? Ask us about our cork or wool products. Cork is a renewable resource because once the bark is stripped from the trees it can be repeated every nine years throughout the 150 plus life cycle of the tree. How is wool the most environmental friendly carpet of all? It is biodegradable and a rapidly renewable resource with the least environmental impact. In addition to these products, we carry many other manufacturers that pride themselves on using green technology and recycled products to do their part for today and tomorrow’s generation.

Don’t be fooled! Not all flooring is the same! While the products themselves are eco-friendly, the mills that produce them may not be. We do the research to bring you a truly green product through and through.

 

Wool
Wool shorn from sheep is completely natural, composed entirely of amino acids; a sustainable product produced from a totally renewable resource, grass. Wool is a renewable source; sheep can be shorn every 9 – 12 months. Wool is biodegradable; in soil, wool readily biodegrades to produce nitrogen, sulfur, carbon dioxide and water, which are all plant nutrients. Wool is non-allergenic and does not promote the growth of dust mites or bacteria.

Sisal
A durable plant fiber harvested from the mature leaves of the agave sisalana plant. The sisal fiber is extracted from the leaves through a process known as decortication, in which the leaves are rolled and crushed until only the fiber remains. The fiber is then dried, brushed, and baled. Because most weeding is done by hand, no pesticides or chemical fertilizers are used in sisal production.

Seagrass
A plant fiber from thick, rigid reeds that is non-porous and smooth to the touch. The reeds are harvested, dried and spun into yarns. The yarns are woven into rugs creating great textural patterns. Seagrass is not dyed and comes in its natural color which will change with age.

Jute
Jute is a fiber that is free from pollution and completely biodegradable. The fiber is collected from the skin, or bast, surrounding the stem of the plant. Jute matures and is harvested in about 4 months. The stalk is cut off close to the ground, tied into bundles and soaked in water for 20 days. The fiber is then stripped from the stalk in long strands, washed in clear water and hung to dry. After 3 days the fibers are gathered into bunches and are ready for market.

Coir
The fiber is extracted from the skin of the coconut fruit. The ripe fruit is harvested and husked. A curing process then takes place, allowing the coir fiber to be separated from a residue known as pith. The fiber is cleaned, dried, and spun into bundles to be used as yarn. The remaining coir pith is combined with other organic materials and used as compost in soil treatment.

Linoleum (Marmoleum)
Linoleum floor covering is made from natural flax, rosins, wood flour, and are backed with jute. They are warm and comfortable, 100% biodegradable. Healthy to produce and install, they’ll remain so during their useful life, and even in disposal.

Linoleum helps create a healthier indoor environment. Naturally occurring anti-,microbial properties inhibit the growth of many micro-organisms, including allergen producing dust mites and the MRSA strains of bacteria.

Additionally, linoleum is dust-free, making it an excellent choice for people with allergies. It’s also anti-static, and very easy to clean. Its bactericidal properties prevent micro-organisms from multiplying themselves, because the linseed oil used in linoleum continually oxidizes.

Cork
Corks impact on the environment is quite low due to the sustainable harvesting practices and almost zero waste from the manufacturing process. Producing nations regulate how frequently cork can be harvested in order to minimize damage to the trees. The trees survive the debarking process although they are more susceptible to injury until the protective bark is regenerated. Cork bark is typically harvested every nine or ten years. After the slabs of cork bark are harvested they are cleaned, boiled and stripped of the rough outer surface. Cork is harvested from trees in a sustainable manner – making it very worthy of consideration for use in green building.

Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed old wood and used lumber have environmental merits whose use means less energy consumption, less natural resource depletion, less pollution, and an improved existence for both the planet and its occupants. Buildings account for one-sixth of the world’s freshwater withdrawals, one-quarter of its wood harvest, and two-fifths of its material and energy flows. Green building employing used lumber and old used wood helps divert these materials from landfills. Green building promotes conservation of materials and efficiency of products.

Recycled Rubber
Rubber flooring’s increasing popularity is partly thanks to its eco-friendly and resilient characteristics. Generally made from recyclable and sustainable materials, rubber floors are durable, hypoallergenic and antimicrobial. In addition, rubber floors resist allergens and fungi growth.

SmartStrand
SmartStrand carpet is made with DuPont Sorona renewably sourced polymer, which is made in part from actual corn. It also uses less energy to produce. It marks the first time that a luxuriously soft carpet offers durability and stain protection, while also making less of an environmental impact.