With the current problems nature is facing these days, it’s no wonder that more and more people are becoming environmentally conscious. Choosing to use sustainable materials for your home is one way to help the earth. Here are some great materials you can try:
Carpet has long been a favorite go-to material for most homes. It is soft to walk on, comfortable to sit on and comes in a range of colors and patterns. Unfortunately, carpet has typically been made using volatile organic compounds or toxins that are harmful to the environment and to our health. There are eco-friendly options though. Consider carpets made of wool. Wool is a natural resource spun into a thread that can be dyed any color imaginable, and then be woven to create a carpet. It is one of the first materials to be used as a floor covering, is very durable and can last centuries. In some families wool rugs have been passed down from generation to generation making them family heirlooms. Other natural materials used to make carpets or rugs are sisal, jute and cotton. Source: Freshome
Bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants with a harvest cycle of just 3-5 years, making it very renewable. The drawback to bamboo is that it is mostly produced in the Pacific Rim, and so there can be a significant amount of pollution created importing it to your location. Some bamboo is also made with formaldehyde, so you have to ask your dealer about formaldehyde emissions levels before you purchase. Source: TheSpruce
Cork flooring is made from stripping the bark of cork oak evergreen trees. Since the bark replenishes itself every 8 to 10 years, cork flooring is a sustainable option. Some cork flooring manufacturers have raised the material’s ‘green’ quotient by creating products from post-industrial recycled materials, such as scraps from wine-stopper production. Source: BobVila
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