Sustainable Hardwood Flooring

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Hardwood floors are not only very appealing, but they are durable, easy-to-clean and long-lasting.  Whether you need new flooring for a historic property or a new build, hardwood flooring is a great option for many rooms in your home.  The best flooring is made from sustainably-harvested woods with finishes that won’t compromise indoor air quality.

By choosing these products (from local dealers), you’ll be supporting the green economy and keeping clean air inside your home.  Be sure to avoid wood flooring originating from the rainforest, unless it is FSC-certified, to guarantee against devastating deforestation.

  • EcoTimber (based in the USA) manufactures gorgeous hardwood flooring from FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) trees, as well as FSC-certified reclaimed wood (from fallen trees, antique wood or furniture scraps) sourced from forests in the USA and abroad.  Floors are finished without harmful urea-formaldehyde (an ingredient commonly found in conventional products).  This company offers decades-long warranties!  (pictured above)
  • Smith & Fong’s Durapalm flooring is made from reclaimed coconut or sugar palm trees that are past their fruit-bearing years.  This unique flooring product is available pre-finished or unfinished and is free of urea-formaldehyde.
  • Kährs, a Swedish company, manufactures beautiful hardwood flooring from FSC-certified or PEFC-certified (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) sources.  This eco-conscious company uses an entirely solvent-free production process and uses the most environmental-friendly stains and finishes.

Another great option for sustainable hardwood flooring is that which is made from reclaimed wood.  This AMAZING-looking wood is sourced from historic buildings and barns, old wine barrels, and even from the bottom of lakes and rivers.  Check out my earlier posts here and also here to find a local supplier of reclaimed wood flooring.

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Tag(s): Green Design, Green Furnishings, Greening the Home


One Response to “Sustainable Hardwood Flooring”

  1. Ronald Hart on September 28th, 2011 3:04 pm

    Also try looking at cork and bamboo flooring. They can mimic traditional hardwood flooring and are eco-friendly as well!

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