We all know that the term eco friendly means friend to the environment. It can mean that a certain product was either made with the use of earth friendly or reclaimed materials, that the product will not harm the environment when used or that the product has a long lifespan. Green does not refer to just one kind of product; the truth is that there are earth friendly counterparts to almost every product that we use. Finding natural based cleaners, greener cars, organic foods, energy efficient lighting, toxic free toys, plant based paints and eco friendly floors is now as simple as a web search or trip to the store.
Now that the world is turning green, individuals and families are starting to make their homes more earth friendly as well, and one of the best ways to achieve a green home is to start with the floors. Tradition kitchen floors in particular have a bad rap for being harmful to the environment. Everything from the way they’re installed to the type of flooring material used puts the eco system at risk for degradation. Nevertheless, the eco craze has educated manufactures and inspired ways to green our kitchen floors and below are a few tips on how to do so.
Three Excellent Ways to Green Your Kitchen Floors:
Install Eco Flooring:
Vinyl (not to be confused with Linoleum) is one of the most popular options for kitchen floors due to the ease of clean and the various design options, however this type of flooring is made from polyvinyl chloride which does not biodegrade and it can pose health risks for those that may be allergic. Three great options for eco kitchen flooring are tile, linoleum and bamboo; tile and linoleum are both hypo allergenic and biodegradable, bamboo is also hypo allergenic and biodegradable and also resists water and mildew.
While it may not be in your budget or in your plans to replace your current kitchen flooring, it is still possible to green it up. By simply cleaning your floors with natural based cleaners you’re on the journey to a more sustainable environment with less toxins and chemicals roaming your indoor air.
Take off Your Shoes:
You might be surprised to learn that your shoes carry a series of bacterial elements, that can spread through your home when you walk around. So when you check your shoes at the door, this stops them then and there. So one of quickest and easiest ways to green your kitchen floors is to leave your shoes at the front door. Many homes do this and require it of guests upon entering, to take their shoes off. Make it a habit in your home and join the many who are knowingly or unknowingly contributing to making their homes safer, cleaner and more enjoyable.
Many times we think we need to make big expensive changes in order to live a more earth friendly lifestyle, when in reality small changes can make a significant difference. From the foods we eat to the cars we drive and the gas we put in them to the way we light our homes and the types of flooring we decide to put in our kitchens; all can make a sizable difference in our family’s health, our wallets and of course – Mother Earth.
Share your good personal tips for eco friendly flooring below in the comments.
Missy has made a series of improvements and sustainable upgrades to her home including the most recent addition, an underfloor heating system that warms her home via special electrical inputs underneath her wood floors.