With a strong emphasis these days on going green, sustainability and eco-friendly products, many of us opt for natural fibres instead of synthetic ones. When it comes to wooden flooring, however, many ask if this option is eco-friendly.
The answer in a nutshell is yes, but it is a bit more complicated than that.
Do your research
Before you invest in solid wooden flooring, you should do your homework and check where the wood for your floor originated. Some suppliers have been awarded a Forest Stewardship Council certificate that is proof that the wood and every person who has worked with it and within the environment has done so in a way that is ecologically sound. By checking this, along with the origin of the wood you buy for both flooring and furniture, you can rest assured that you are being as eco-friendly as possible.
Know your wood
Solid wood flooring comes in many different options, and you need to choose the one that works best for you. Wood is a renewable resource, but trees do take time to grow, so you should be considerate and opt for something that lasts several years.
Consider the whole process
If you are concerned about being eco-friendly, remember that the wood you buy for your floor is only part of the process. You should take into account how it is transported and the environmental impact of any adhesives used.