More and more of us are becoming aware of the impact that we are having on our planet, and for the most part we are doing all we can to prevent it. More people are recycling than ever, we’re driving hybrid cars or even better walking/cycling to work, but what about your home? Sure you may have had some fancy solar panels installed, planted some tress in the garden, heck; even flushing the toilet less often! But have you ever thought about how environmentally friendly your floors are? The answer is probably not. So we’re here to talk you through the most eco-friendly flooring options available on the market today!
“But how?!” – this is usually the response that we’re given when we come out with solid wood being an eco-friendly option but allow us to explain. While we are incredibly aware of the devastating effect that that deforestation has on the environment we have made sure that we work closely with our manufacturers to ensure that all of the products we sell come from sustainable resources and have been farmed legally according to strict FSC standards (Forest Stewardship Council). Aside of this, wood is actually a naturally renewable material and even better; for every tree that is felled by our manufacturers, they plant another in its place to keep the cycle going!
Not only is bamboo a hit with the Pandas, we’re also raving about it here too! Over recent years and due to glowing reviews from eco-friendly activists across the world, we have seen a huge rise in the demand for Bamboo flooring. Did you know that bamboo is actually classed as a type of grass and not a tree? Well you do now! It is native to China, where it grows happily and is then manufactured and sent over to us, which is probably the least environmentally-friendly trait about it full stop. Due to the fact that it has self-regenerating properties there is no worry/need to replant it once it has been harvested, I mean come on, it’s pretty much immortal! Another reason why we love Bamboo so much is because it reaches full maturity within five years, which is a lot quicker than any trees and means that it is much more sustainable, to finish it all off, it is harvested by hand, not a trace of emissions to be found.
How do I ensure that my flooring is definitely eco-friendly?
As mentioned earlier, we work closely with our manufacturers to ensure that they are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). In order to achieve accreditation from the FSC there are a number of standards that must be met by retailers, suppliers and manufacturers. These standards relate mostly to the management of forests from which the wood is taken from. So all you have to do is keep an eye out for the little FSC logo on packaging and products to give you peace of mind in knowing that you’ve done your bit in purchasing high-quality, environmentally-friendly products for your home.
So there you have it, a little guide on choosing an environmentally-friendly floor for your home. Thanks for doing your best to help us save this beautiful planet!
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