Durable, resilient flooring is always a good option for high traffic areas like kitchens and mudrooms. Eco-friendly cork and linoleum have been popular choices in recent years, but now there’s another option to check out: recycled cork and rubber.
Similar to the type of flooring you might see in gyms or play areas, cork flooring company Capri offers AND/OR - a cushiony, waterproof material that includes 30% recycled rubber and 5% recycled cork. The rubber provides sound insulating and shock absorbing qualities, while the cork offers recycled content from a rapidly renewable resource and is inherently resistant to mold and mildew.
Manufactured in Ohio and a FloorScore certified product, AND/OR comes in 4’ rolls (about $6/SF) or 2’x2’ tiles (about $7.5/SF) and can also be used as a wall covering, providing sound dampening and a tackable surface. When used as flooring, the product must be finished with a protective sealer (either a mop-on acrylic or more heavy duty polyurethane). The product comes in 14 standard colors and includes a nice range between bold hues and more neutral options. In addition to its eco-cred, I also like how the flecks of cork give the material a warmer, more residential feel.
For more information, check out Capri’s website or online retailer Ecohaus.
(Images: Capri Cork and Ecohaus)