Weighing up the pros and cons between a really first class flooring material and one that is ethically sourced can be a real headache. Eco-conscious people may feel that they are in a dilemma between choosing something that will last a long time or that has less impact on the environment.
Fortunately, leading flooring providers understand these often conflicting sentiments these days and produce flooring systems which not only look good and offer great durability, but have a low environmental impact, as well. Take a closer look at some of the most popular ethical flooring materials in use in Australia today and why you might choose them to make your home look great.
Unlike a similarly looking material such as vinyl — which is ultimately derived from oil — linoleum is able to be recycled after it has come to the end of its life. Ideal for kitchens and bathrooms because, like vinyl, it can be wiped down easily and is resistant to splashes, linoleum is made from resins and linseed oil. Although it has a very long lifespan and can last for up to 40 years if it is looked after, linoleum will decompose once it has come to the end of its life. If flooring made of it is not converted to another use, then it can be simply composted and used to promote new growth.
You may think that buying hardwood is a definite no go for ecologically conscious consumers and in some cases it is. Nevertheless, bamboo flooring is a very good choice for living quarters and bedrooms because it has the natural look of a hardwood. Like hardwoods, it is warm and pleasant to walk on. Affording a feeling of high textural quality underfoot, bamboo is actually a type of grass but looks just like hardwood when made into a floor covering. Unlike expensive hardwoods which might be sourced from rainforests, bamboo is farmed to make a variety of products including flooring systems.
Manufactured from recycled plastic bottles, PET carpet is formed from hard wearing polyester strands. Available in a range of colours and finishes, some people find that it is a little scratchy underfoot. However, the material is relatively cheap and will fit in with most interior decoration styles. In some cases, a small snag can lead to PET carpet unravelling, so you need to make sure that it is looked after. It is probably not suited to homes which have pets living in them. Nevertheless, it is ideal for home offices and in bedrooms.Share