Do you conserve water and electricity? Have you made it a habit to drive less and walk more? Does your lawn consist of trees that you’ve planted?
If you answered yes to one or all three of these questions, congratulations! You’re eco-friendly. What does eco-friendly mean? To put it simply, eco-friendly means Earth-friendly, or not harmful to the environment.
There are many different ways to practice being eco-friendly, including one that is right under our feet.
Here’s a hint, we walk on it at home. If you guessed the floor, you guessed right. Not many of us think about flooring, much less eco-friendly flooring.
Believe it or not, there are many different eco-friendly flooring options, including:
- Coconut timber
- Glass tiles
- Wool carpet
If you need to replace the carpets or floors in your home, choose materials that are safe for you and the environment.
You may be asking yourself, ‘What eco-friendly flooring should I choose?’ Well, that depends on a number of factors, such as cost, durability, installation, and cleaning. How much is it going to cost? How durable is it? Is it easy to install? Is it easy to clean?
Oh, and most importantly, do you like it? Because, after all, you’re the one who has to look at it everyday. And not only that , but walk on it as well. You want to make sure your floor is comfortable for your feet.
So let’s take a more in-depth look at the different types of eco-flooring and which ones are best for your home.
Long-lasting and durable – check. Easy to install – check. Easy to clean – check.
When it comes to eco-friendly flooring, bamboo is a viable option. It’s a popular option, too. Bamboo is made from a renewable resource, therefore it’s a great choice for environmentally-conscious homeowners. Its surface fairs well against water and traffic, and is comfortable to stand on.
Bamboo flooring, which costs approximately $5 per square foot, works in almost any setting and decor due to its variety of color schemes.
When you think of the word ‘cork’, what comes to mind?
If you’re thinking wine, you’re not alone. In actuality, cork isn’t just used as a wine bottle stopper. In fact, cork is a highly-sustainable type of green flooring. Cork flooring is durable, stain resistant, and adds a natural look to a home.
Much like bamboo, cork is versatile from a decor standpoint with its many different color options. Cork flooring is also warm and soft to walk on.
Average costs for cork flooring is about $5 per square foot.
Did you know that natural linoleum floors are hypoallergenic? It’s true!
Unlike vinyl, which is made of chemicals that are harmful, linoleum is made from materials that are more environmentally friendly, such as linseed oil. Linseed oil comes from flax, which is a renewable resource. So if you’re susceptible to an allergic reaction, linoleum flooring may be the eco-friendly flooring for you.
Linoleum flooring is extremely durable, lasting up to 40 years if maintained properly. It’s also easy to install and requires very low maintenance. Linoleum flooring costs about $3-$4 per square foot.
Ah, carpet. Soft to walk on, comfortable to sit and lay on, and a great provider of insulation during the winter and summer months. And when it comes to being eco-friendly, consider wool carpet.
Unlike some carpeting, which has typically been made using volatile organic compounds or toxins harmful to your health and the environment, wool is a natural resource. It’s very durable and is one of the first materials to be used as a floor covering.
Wool carpet costs an average of $9 per square foot.
Go Green with a Roll Off Dumpster
Once you’ve decided on which eco-friendly flooring to choose, the next step is to choose a dumpster. After all, you’re going to need somewhere to dispose of all those old flooring materials.
Budget Dumpster provides residential dumpster rentals that are perfect for home improvement projects, handling both household debris and building materials, such as flooring. Call us today at 1-866-284-6164 for a fast and affordable dumpster rental. And if you desire some more flooring tips, check out these DIY flooring how-to’s to learn how to install tiles, tear up old carpet and more.