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When it’s time to redo your old floors, choose eco-friendly options.
Enjoy beautiful, durable floors that are easy on the earth.
Keep toxic chemicals out of your home. Lessen your impact on the environment.
If you need to replace your carpets or floors, choose materials that are safe for you
If you need to replace your carpets or floors, choose materials that are safe for your health and the planet.
EPA studies have shown that indoor pollutant levels can be two to five times higher than they are outside. To find the source of many of these pollutants, just glance down.Installation of new carpet and flooring can fill the air with hundreds of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), including known and suspected carcinogens like formaldehyde and benzene. It can take years for these substances to dissipate. In addition, carpets are often treated with toxic chemicals for mothproofing or to repel soil and moisture. Carpeting is also notorious for trapping toxic lawn chemicals, VOCs, and allergens tracked in from outside.
There are several sustainable flooring options that can minimize indoor pollution and mitigate health problems caused by toxic carpets. You can now choose from a rapidly growing line of carpets and flooring made from recycled and eco-friendly materials. Durable, stylish, and often less expensive than conventional floors and carpets, these sustainable options provide a responsible and healthy way to enhance your home.
Rolling Out the Green Carpet.
The environmental and health costs associated with carpeting extend from the time of your purchase until your carpet’s disposal. Here are some ways you can minimize those costs:
Fast and cheap fix :-
If you are experiencing health problems that could be caused by your carpet, there is a cheap solution. Try a nontoxic, green carpet finish like Safe Choice Carpet Seal, available from American Formulating & Manufacturing. This product forms an insoluble water- and odor-resistant barrier that prevents chemicals from outgassing from carpets for up to five cleanings or one year.
There are a wide range of sustainable carpets and rugs sold at competitive prices across the nation. Look for carpets made from natural fibers with little or no chemical treatment. Also, purchase carpets with natural-fiber backing attached with less-toxic adhesives.
Contempo Floor Coverings sells a variety of low-toxicity natural carpets made from woven wool and natural sisals, jutes, and seagrass. Natural Homeoffers a line of 100 percent wool carpets made with undyed or vegetable-dyed yarn and minimal natural latex (rubber) glue. Some boast no mothproofing or stain repellent chemicals. And Liberty Carpet One recently started a division called Green Floors.com, which features carpets with high recycled (synthetic) content and less-toxic backings and adhesives. Their Web site will eventually help consumers recycle or donate old carpets.
Many carpets and carpet paddings contain plastics made from petroleum, an unrenewable and energy consumptive resource. Choose a carpet with lightweight backing that requires no additional padding, or use padding made from recycled materials. Eco Products sells 100 percent recycled cotton padding, and many mainstream companies offer recycled “rag pads.”
Finding the right carpet is just the beginning of your journey toward eco-friendly floors. Next, you’ll need to have your carpet installed, a process that often involves chemical-based glues that have been linked to respiratory problems and other health issues. Tacking carpets down is a safe and easy alternative to gluing that eliminates many potentially hazardous pollutants. However, if you do decide to glue, you can take steps to minimize your ecological footprint. Look for water-based, low-VOC glues to install your carpets. American Formulating & Manufacturing, the Environmental Home Center, and Natural Home Products offer such adhesives at prices competitive with conventional glues.
When shopping, look for Good wood. That means reclaimed lumber from local buildings, or, if it’s virgin lumber, make sure it’s certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). (Certified wood is often more expensive, though.) Never buy virgin products made from tropical or old-growth forests or trees harvested from ecologically sensitive areas unless they are FSC certified. See if you can find flooring made from trees harvested in your region (or at least domestically).
Healthy finishes and adhesives. Buy flooring that is factory finished, so finishing chemicals cure in the factory not your home. If you do apply the finish at home, use low-VOC stains and sealants (preferably with less than 275 grams per liter of VOCs). Plant-based finishing oils may have a lower petroleum content than synthetic wood finishes, but are not necessarily low in VOCs. If buying engineered wood flooring, choose a product made without urea formaldehyde adhesives.
Other Considerations From a resource-conservation perspective, engineered wood flooring makes good sense: the rarer and more valuable hardwoods are used in smaller quantities for the veneer, while the bulk of the material comes from fast-growing plantation trees. Solid wood flooring uses more high-quality wood than engineered products, making it particularly important that any solid wood flooring you buy comes from FSC-certified or reclaimed sources. Reclaimed wood flooring keeps valuable materials out of landfills and reduces pressure to harvest trees.
Be sure you know whether you are buying a hardwood or softwood species. Hardwood floors better resist scratching and denting. Some reclaimed wood floors sold today are softwoods, such as Douglas fir and pine, that will easily scratch and dent. This can be fine for people who like the character of a well-worn floor, but it’s not to everyone’s taste.
Many wood floors are nailed down or installed as glueless floating floors. If using a wood flooring adhesive, choose an adhesive with less than 100 grams per liter of VOCs.
Environmental attributes :-
We promote responsible forestry.
Our factories are FSC® Chain of Custody certified.
All hardwood products are Lacey Act compliant and the woods are responsibly harvested from Certified Vendors.
We efficiently use our raw materials and energy.
We sell only engineered hardwood floors which use half as many trees as solid wood floors.
Faster growing, renewable trees used for inner plies; oldest growth trees reserved for faces only.
Our mill waste is reused for energy.
Wood floors require less water & energy to produce than other flooring options.
Our wood flooring promotes better indoor Air Quality.
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