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Eco-Friendly Flooring, Part 1: What Makes a Floor ‘Eco-Friendly’

Updated: Mar 15

Eco-friendly flooring options offer several benefits to the environment, whether through sustainable harvesting or reducing the ecological footprint associated with traditional flooring choices. In this three-part series about eco-friendly flooring options, we discuss what makes a floor eco-friendly in Part 1, the factors that make engineered hardwood environmentally sound in Part 2, and the most popular alternative products to engineered hardwood available in today’s market in Part 3. 

Let’s get started by exploring the key advantages of eco-friendly flooring.

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Conservation of Natural Resources

Many eco-friendly flooring materials, such as bamboo and cork, are derived from rapidly renewable resources and require less water during cultivation and processing. This helps in conserving traditional hardwood forests and promotes sustainable harvesting practices. Traditional hardwood flooring often involves extensive logging, leading to deforestation. Eco-friendly alternatives like reclaimed wood and bamboo help minimize the demand for newly harvested timber.

Waste Reduction

Many eco-friendly flooring options, including engineered hardwood, are designed to minimize waste during manufacturing. Utilizing by-products or recycled materials helps reduce the overall amount of waste generated. And eco-friendly flooring options are often designed to be durable and long-lasting to minimize the environmental impact associated with disposal, while other materials, such as glass and cork, are recyclable or can be repurposed at the end of their life cycle.

Improved Indoor Air Quality

Many eco-friendly flooring materials, such as cork and linoleum, are low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs). This results in improved indoor air quality, creating a healthier living environment. 

Energy Efficiency 

The production of eco-friendly flooring materials often requires less energy compared to the manufacturing processes of conventional flooring, and some materials, such as concrete and natural stone, absorb and retain heat for better energy efficiency.

By choosing eco-friendly flooring, individuals contribute to a more sustainable and environmentally conscious approach to home design. These benefits extend beyond the individual household, positively impacting broader ecosystems and promoting a greener and healthier planet.

Nature. Delivered.

The raw materials used in the production of the HAUTE PLANK® Engineered Hardwood Flooring Collection are PEFC certified. This certification ensures that a forest is managed sustainably. Affixed to a wood-based product the PEFC trademark is proof of the forest owner and the company’s commitment to implementing sustainable forest management practices. The Haute Plank Collection combines strength and luxury, bringing nature's beauty into your home with both standard and customizable options to complement any design.

Contact us to learn more about our engineered hardwood and reclaimed flooring options. We look forward to sharing!


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