Everyone cares about the environment. We know that we can each do our
part by recycling and conserving energy and water, but did you know that even the materials you
choose for your flooring can also have an impact on the environment?
At Common Sense Flooring we are incorporating products that are environmentally responsible,
better known as green flooring products, including wood, sealants, and adhesives. The information
on this page is meant to introduce the basics of industry standards for green wood flooring products
and to give you an overview of options in green wood flooring.
- If you love a hardwood floor and are looking for something that is eco-friendly, you have
several options. People generally look to cork, bamboo, and reclaimed hardwood as the main
sources of green wood flooring products, but you are not limited to these three choices. Many
of the hardwoods we install are manufactured in environmentally responsible ways.
- While there are many self-proclaimed green manufacturers of flooring, the most trusted seal
of approval is offered by the Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC). The FSC is the leading
non-profit organization which sets green standards for companies that use real wood, and
promotes companies which meet these standards. Participation in FSC certification is voluntary,
which means that the companies themselves show their commitment to being green. Here are more
specifics on what the FSC does.
- FSC Mission: "to create a marketplace that promotes well-managed forests by ensuring
forestry practices that are environmentally responsible, socially equitable, and economically
viable" (p. 4 of FSC Prospectus).
The FSC shows commitment to:
- reduction in use of chemicals
- water (streams) protection
- old growth conservation
- ensuring long-term timber supplies
- protection of wildlife habitats
Green Wood Flooring Options
Cork is an ecologically wise
wood flooring option which is solid, sustainable and sturdy. Cork flooring is made from cork oak
bark, which is harvested by hand and then grows back -- therefore the oak tree is not harmed in the
process. Cork offers several variations and textures. It is gentle on the feet, insulating for
sound and heat.
Bamboo wood flooring is a
good option for a green wood floor. Bamboo is a grass which grows very quickly, with some
species maturing in three to four years, and some growing up to a meter per day. It is comparable
to some hardwoods in general level of sound quality and hardness (it is softer than some hardwoods,
but as soft as others). Like hardwood, bamboo wood flooring is available in solid or engineered
Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring
Reclaimed hardwood is wood
that is salvaged from older buildings and re-crafted to be used for flooring. Such wood comes from
old barn siding, old flooring, rustic paneling, antique wood beams, etc. This is great for a
distressed look that is also environmentally friendly.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring
Laminate Hardwood Flooring
Adhesives and Sealants (Moisture Barriers)
Most often we use
adhesives and moisture barrier products. Bostik is
committed to minimizing environmental impact and improving the health and wellbeing of consumers.
Read more about the Bostik Green Mission