Posted in the Green Bay Forum
#1 Jan 16, 2012
Beyond wood, cork and bamboo, other green floors await you
Getting some green beneath your feet should be a top priority in any healthy and stylish home. Recently we began discussing greener flooring options and compared the environmental characteristics of wood, bamboo and cork floors. Here, we continue our quest for better flooring by looking at carpeting and recycled rubber, subfloors and more.
A healthier choice
Eco-friendly usually means human-friendly, too. If not to save our forests and cut down on waste, a good reason to switch to greener flooring is our health. Many conventional productsespecially carpet and vinylemit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) through a process known as off-gassing. VOCs are harmful chemicals used in the manufacturing process, and they are released into the air inside our homes over time.
Another health concern is formaldehyde, contained in many floor glues and sealants. It can irritate the lungs, pollute the air, and has even been linked to cancer. Thankfully, greener alternatives exist, including formaldehyde-free glues and sealantsand, better still, adhesive-free tongue-and-groove installation.
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