Environmentally Friendly Flooring
When it comes to environmentally friendly home improvement, the question of flooring can be one that vexes many homeowners. Which is the best form of flooring from an environmental perspective – hardwood or laminate, vinyl or ceramic tile, natural carpet or synthetic?
The good news is that, in most cases, almost all the above choices can now be obtained and used while still being environmentally friendly. Hardwood floors, for instance, whether they have undergone hardwood floor sanding or not, are one of the few floorings which manage to be both thoroughly modern and yet completely timeless. While they may, obviously, be made from trees, nowadays managed forests mean that hardwood floors are every bit as environmentally friendly and responsible as any other kind of flooring.
“I would say one of the most compelling characteristics of hardwood flooring, and even its cousin, laminate flooring, is you start with renewable materials,” reckons David Wilkerson, who currently serves as the corporate director of product stewardship and sustainability for Shaw Floors. Wilkerson may be speaking from the United States, but his views on flooring apply just about everywhere else in the world as well, including in the United Kingdom. “That’s the wood itself because you can grow it. It’s not like fossil fuels, where there is a finite supply. You can take care of your harvest, growing it in a sustainable manner. You can get plenty of raw materials to replace the ones that you used.”