Article Emily O’Brien
Boulder County’s locally owned and operated flooring source serves residential and commercial clients in need of new, traditional and eco-friendly products. Go Green’s showroom carries an extensive array of recycled products with low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) including carpet, hardwood, cork and vinyl plank flooring and carpet with a widespread line of under carpet cushion products. To take the guesswork out of going green with flooring, we’ve broken down some of the most popular choices to see how they rank on the eco-friendly scale. Check out these green flooring solutions sold right in our own backyard.
Who doesn’t love soft carpet under their toes? Many options include low to no-VOCs and are sold without mothproofing chemicals. Buying a carpet with natural jute or rubber backing also helps the environment. SmartStrand is a good choice, which is made from corn, has built-in stain and soil protection, and is unbelievably soft.
Harvested every seven years from trees grown primarily in the coastal regions of the Mediterranean, cork has high acoustic and anti-microbial properties and is one of the most sustainable flooring materials available today.
You can find hardwood sold in unfinished wide planks with no added formaldehyde. Try hardwoods with Forest Stewardship Council certification, also known as FSC certified. Or look for green hardwood flooring; it’s made from salvaged or reclaimed wood. Think recovered forest deadwood, sunken logs from rivers and lakes or reclaimed from old warehouse or buildings.
While most luxury vinyl is created with polyvinyl chloride (PVC), Go Green offers chloride-free alternatives also known as “virgin vinyl.” Team it up with a no-VOC core made of limestone and wood for an affordable, earthy-friendly option that’s completely waterproof.
STRAND WOVEN BAMBOO
This incredibly durable material is 27 percent harder than oak, making it an ideal option for high traffic areas. Bamboo grass is harvested every seven years and is an excellent low VOC option. Strand woven bamboo is offered in floating or nail down options, and many colors and stains.
All natural linoleum made from linseed oil, wood flour, rosin, jute and limestone—entirely derived from natural and sustainable products. Marmoleum doesn’t contain any harmful VOC’s and is easy on the environment during the production process. It’s also simple to install and maintain.
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