As of late, you may have heard the following terms referred to: responsibly forested, eco-friendly, and sustainable. What do all of these terms refer to? What do they have to do with flooring?
If you have looked into eco-friendly hardwood flooring, you’ve likely come across the terms listed above, and many more. Though rarely specifically defined, terms like organic, reclaimed, green, and more, all appear to be very important. But with so many terms floating around, you may have fewer answers and more questions when it comes to flooring your home with materials that are good for both the planet and your family.
The Philosophy of Eco-Friendly Hardwood Flooring
Individuals seeking planet friendly and atmospherically responsible choices may subscribe to the philosophy that everything we do, and everything we make, should help contribute in the protection and conservation of our environment. Included in this are manufacturing safety ethics, strong community assistance, wood waste management, wildlife protection, and responsible forestry.
So, when it comes to wood, we use today’s technology to help manufacture flooring that doesn’t compromise durability and beauty while still protecting our forests, wildlife and your families.
Though there are many terms and references being used when it comes to eco-friendly flooring and other responsible choices where the planet and atmosphere are concerned, we’ll take a look at just a few here to get you started. Let’s define those referred to above:
- Responsibly forested – Wood products need trees for manufacturing. In order for trees to be harvested, but still avoid the devastating effect of depleting an ecosystem or forest, responsible forestry practices are put into use. Examples of this include leaving some areas uncut; to specific forest types, apply sustainable harvesting; the replenishment of harvested areas; and more.
- Sustainable – Over the entire life of its cycle, a sustainable product must provide public health, economic, social, and environmental health benefits. Compared to products that are simply “green”, sustainable products are held to a higher standard.
- Eco-friendly – We’ve all heard this term tossed around time and time again, but what does it really mean? If a practice or a product will not harm the planet, it can be considered eco-friendly. Most commonly, this term refers to products that don’t contribute to land, water, or air pollution, but literally help conserve resources like energy and water.
Should you choose eco-friendly flooring? Well, if it could help even remotely to save the planet or the atmosphere, why would you not use eco-friendly flooring?
Whether you’re looking for wide plank flooring, ceiling and wall hardwood coverings, or design flooring, what could it possibly hurt to check out the eco-friendly options before looking at other choices? The answer is, it won’t hurt at all. In fact, it will help.
Eco-friendly hardwood flooring helps the planet, the atmosphere, the future of your children, the continued existence of wildlife, etc. That’s the responsible thing to do. What’s more, there are affordable options, just like there are for flooring choices that are not particularly eco-friendly.
Shop Eko Flooring and Woodwork for eco-friendly, sustainable, and organic flooring options. If you’d like to find out more about what we offer or set up a time and date at which to speak to one of our representatives, contact us today.