Being green is not just about the big picture, it’s also about the individual pieces which make that picture whole. Pollutants not only exist in the world outside our homes, they thrive indoors just as well—and according to recent findings by the EPA, at even higher concentrations!
As society has become more aware of its impact on the environment, more and more homeowners are seeking out effective alternatives to traditional, less eco-friendly flooring. That’s because smart homeowners understand that greening your home not only helps to reduce your carbon footprint, it can save you a great deal of money in the long term.
But what makes a flooring product green? Put simply, green flooring is energy efficient. That means it fits any or all of the following criteria: it’s produced using minimal energy; it’s locally sold, which shrinks energy costs used for shipping; it has low or no VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) emissions, which can cause health issues; or it is made from renewable resources such as plants or recycled materials.
In addition to being a great investment, green flooring has many benefits. Cork is a great example of eco-friendly flooring because it’s made from a renewable resource, it doesn’t shed microfibers, and it naturally improves the air quality in your home. Green flooring is also highly convenient as it requires little maintenance and has great durability, which means you work less and your floors last longer.
To sum up, having eco-friendly floors will reduce your home’s carbon footprint and improve your overall quality of life by minimizing toxins and keeping your energy costs down. Green flooring isn’t just healthier for your family, it’s a benefit to all of us; because preserving the global environment for future generations begins in our homes.
This post was written by Thais Sousa. Follow Thais on Google.