Green Kitchen and Bath Makeovers, Part IV

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So far, I’ve written about easy green makeover ideas, energy- and water-saving tips, and eco-friendly countertop options. In this post, we’ll explore the ever-growing choices for stylish and functional flooring in the kitchen and/or bathroom.  Can you guess which type of flooring is shown here?  Wood?  Cork?  Linoleum?  Tile?

  • Cork is easy to clean, is comfy underfoot and can last up to 80 years!  It is also available in many styles.  (Globus cork flooring pictured above).
  • Real Linoleum, not vinyl, is made entirely from all natural ingredients and is ideal for those who suffer from asthma and allergies.  From contemporary to traditional looks, this easy-to-care-for flooring comes in a wide array of colors and is available in sheets, tiles and click-in-place planks.
  • Ceramic, porcelain or glass tile made with recycled content is a long-lasting, durable option.
  • Hardwoods have increased in popularity in America’s kitchens in recent years due to the longevity and durability of the product.  The most environmentally-friendly hardwood is an old one which has been refinished with non-toxic sealers.  For new installations, reclaimed wood floors add instant charm.  FSC-certified, or sustainably-harvested, North American hardwoods are also an excellent option.
  • Bamboo, a fast-growing grass, is a great alternative to hardwood and comes in several styles, grains and colors.  Look for those made with formaldehyde-free glues.

Tag(s): Greening the Home, Kitchens And Baths

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One Response to “Green Kitchen and Bath Makeovers, Part IV”

  1. Linda on May 28th, 2011 9:21 pm

    I found this article to be very informative. The materials used sound durable and are sustainable as well. I am impressed by the beautiful kitchen floor in the photo.

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