What Are Some Green Flooring Options?

What Are Some Green Flooring Options?

Stephanie Kinnear
Aug 25, 2009

Q: We bought a 70's brick ranch near the coast. It currently has carpet throughout the house (even in the kitchen!) and we want to replace that with a sustainable floor. The front hallway leads straight into the kitchen, so I think we need the same type of flooring in there as in the rest of the house.

I'm interested in bamboo, but I understand it scratches easily and we have a dog. Will her claws scratch up the floors? I like marmoleum and cork but I don't want either of them in the whole house. Are there any options I'm missing, or would bamboo stand up to real life?

Sent in by Jennifer

Editor: We don't have bamboo flooring ourselves, but we also aren't aware of it being ultra-susceptible to scratching. Any Re-Nesters with bamboo floors care to weigh in on that one?

Another good option for you might be repurposed, or salvaged wood flooring. We really like EcoTimber, and they carry bamboo flooring as well as repurposed wood flooring (which has been salvaged from deconstructed buildings).

We also found this article to be a great resource on the sustainable flooring options available today.

Any other suggestions out there?

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