Environmentally Friendly Flooring


What makes a floor “green”? There are many factors to consider when choosing the best flooring for your home.

Sustainably Sourced Flooring

For many, the most obvious answer is that the material used to make the flooring was sustainably sourced. That would include hardwood flooring sourced from FSC certified forests, or wool carpet from ethically raised sheep, or cork which can be recycled or harvested from trees without harming them, or tile made using recycled materials.

Non Toxic Flooring

For the health of your family, you will want to choose a flooring which was not manufactured using harmful chemicals such as volatile organic chemicals (VOCs). You can find information on low chemical choices in trustworthy green databases.  Be sure that you also look at how it is installed with underlayment and adhesives.

Durable Flooring

To be sustainable, flooring needs to be durable. You don’t want to have a long useful life. High quality sustainable flooring will ensure that you enjoy your selection for many years to come. Be sure to look for products which can be easily and safely cleaned and refinished.

Embodied Carbon

Because there is so much volume in the flooring in your house, you will want flooring which is manufactured in a way which makes conscientious use of energy and water. Think about transportation costs to get it to your site as well.  Your floors are also a good opportunity to look at opportunities to sequester carbon in your home. For instance, cork which is harvested and minimally processed holds carbon and then the tree pulls more carbon out of the air to make the next generation.

End of Life

You need to consider the entire lifecycle of your flooring. In a ideal case, your flooring would be cradle to cradle certified and be up-cycled into another product? If not, is it recyclable? biodegradable?

Ask a Pro

When choosing your flooring, be sure to purchase from a reputable dealer who understands the health benefits of green flooring. If you don’t feel that you are getting a straight answer, look elsewhere. A room full of toxicity will cost you more that short term savings.

For beautiful and sustainable flooring options, check out our

 Eco-Friendly Flooring Product Showcase

Recycled Tile, by Oceanside Glasstile

Oceanside Glasstile was founded in 1992 with a boundless spirit of innovation, a passion for hot glass and a new vision for the tile industry; creating luxury glass tile using recycled bottle glass. As pioneers of handcrafted glass tile they continue to pursue timeless design that preserves, honors and furthers their true artisan heritage.

Crossville Sustainable Tile Company

As the first tile manufacturer in Tennessee (est. 1986), Crossville is one of the leading American manufacturers of beautiful, sustainable solutions that advance the frontiers of tile design. From introducing the nation’s first large-format porcelain tiles, to...

What Does the CRI Green Label Mean?

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Using Tile in Your Organic, Modern Living Room

The modern living room takes on an organic edge when you fill it with the right mix of furnishings, fixtures, and surfaces. A mix of stone and wood effect tile can set the tone for this chic, yet natural design, which combines artisan elegance with modern, streamlined...

Flor Eco-Friendly Carpet Tiles

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Sustainable Northwest Wood Earth-Friendly Wood

Everything at Sustainable Northwest Wood is grown in forests managed to the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC) or as part of stewardship programs restoring native ecosystems. The company is 100% committed to sustainable wood.

Maxxon Floor Underlayments

The Evolution of Floor Underlayments - Maxxon Wrote the Book Since Gyp-Crete was first developed in 1972, Maxxon Corporation, has provided superior underlayment products for solving virtually any floor problem. Maxxon not only started the industry, but continues to...

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