Green Flooring

IS4078RF-00017208-001Are you thinking of making a flooring purchase? Are you wondering if you can make that purchase and make it a green one at the same time? Green flooring is defined as any flooring that is sustainable, eco-friendly, contains recycled content, is recyclable, leaves a small carbon footprint or has low VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compound).

Below are some things to consider when thinking green about flooring:

Cork

  • Cork is a harvested resource which is better than a renewable resource because only the bark is harvested from the tree.
  • Because of the way cork floors are made, they are considered a recycled product.
  • Cork trees are not damaged or destroyed when the cork is being harvested.
  • You can install cork floors with water based adhesives with low VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds)

Bamboo

  • Bamboo is a rapidly renewing resource (maturing in three years) that regenerates without the need for replanting.
  • To grow, it doesn’t need a lot of fertilization or pesticides

Carpet

  • According to the Carpet and Rug Institute: The carpet industry is minimizing carpet’s impact on the environment through the new “3 Rs” which stand for reduce, reuse and recycle.  When carpet reaches the end of its long life, it is reused to make new carpet or is recycled into a variety of products, ranging from roofing shingles and railroad ties to automotive parts.
  • Carpet fibers, dye, VOC emissions and recycled content are all factors that determine is a carpet product is green.
  • If you want to ensure that you are purchasing the lowest emitting carpet, adhesive and cushion, look for The Green Label and Green Label Plus from the Carpet and Rug Institute

Stone

  • It’s a natural product
  • Stone is a long lasting product so it doesn’t have to  be replaced often
  • It’s easy to care and maintain
  • Stone can be recycled and reclaimed

Hardwood

  • Hardwoos is a natural resource that is also renewable and recyclable
  • Suitable for a “healthy home” environment
  • Most forests are managed for replanting

Linoleum

  • Made from all natural, biodegradable materials that can be recycled
  • The natural raw materials used to create Linoleum are abundantly available
  • These raw materials are harvested or extracted with relatively little energy consumption.
  • Linoleum can be safely added to landfill refuse sites, where natural decomposition takes place.
  • Can be installed with water based adhesives that are low VOC or VOC free
  • Maintenance products do not include harsh chemicals

Ceramic Tile

  • More and more products contain recycled content
  • Tile is a long lasting product so it doesn’t have to  be replaced often
  • Requires little maintenance and cleaners are not harmful

Carpet Cushion

  • Can be made from100% recycled bonded cushion from polyurethane foam or 100% recycled content in Rebond Carpet Cushion, a bonded polyurethane product
  • Can be made with 97% recycled rubber for carpet underlayment
  • Can be made with no CFC’s, latex or chemical additives
  • Can be made with 100% recycled tire rubber carpet pad.  Withstands temperatures from 40 to 120 degrees.  Free of toxic materials such as PCB, mercury, and formaldehyde
  • Can be made from ground tire scrap rubber granules bonded with latex and 92% recycled tire rubber

Installation

Adhesives

  • Choose low VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds)
  • Choose adhesives that do not contain formaldehyde
  • Choose adhesives that qualify for the Carpet and Rug Institutes Indoor Air Quality green label

Armstrong Expands Linoleum Palette

armstronglinoleumOn the 100th anniversary of Armstrong linoleum’s introduction to North America, Armstrong introduces an expanded color line of five patterns and 126 colors of linoleum flooring, combining the timeless beauty of its most sustainable product with the superior performance of its exclusive NATURCote™ UV-cured, low-maintenance coating. All colors are designed in a new, organized tonal step system trademarked as Color Continuum™, which unites hue, value and chroma.

More than a century ago, Armstrong ceased discarding post-industrial cork waste and began recycling it – first into corkboard insulation, and soon afterwards into the green product on which its modern flooring business was built: linoleum. Armstrong® linoleum is still made of the same renewable raw ingredients, including cork powder, linseed oil, limestone, organic pigments and jute backing. Armstrong’s line of linoleum has expanded by more than 50%, with MARMORETTE™, LINORETTE™, COLORETTE™, GRANETTE™ and UNI WALTON™ coming together as a collection of inspiring choices.

Armstrong linoleum is a sound choice that supports the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) building rating system. It contributes to three LEED® Credits: MR6.0 (Rapidly Renewable Resources—linoleum contains 36% rapidly renewable content); MR4.1 and MR4.2 (Recycled Content – 10% & 20% post-consumer + ½ pre-consumer) and also is compliant with EQ4.3 (Indoor Air Quality). It is independently tested and certified as a low-emitting product under the FloorScore™ program and is compliant with California Section 01350 for low VOC emissions, recognized as the strictest in the country. NEOCON Booth # 7-4042

For more information on Armstrong linoleum, visit http://www.armstrong.com/commflooringna/.