3 Reasons to Use Eco Friendly Flooring For a Healthier Planet

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There is a growing concern, and rightly so, with the environmental implications of the products being used in residential and commercial spaces today, both inside and outside.  There is a growing awareness of the importance to choose products that are good for the humans who inhabit these spaces and the environment in which they exist. There are many good reasons to consider green flooring for your next project.  The purchase of green flooring helps:

Save Forests.

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), roughly 46,000 to 58,000 square miles of forest are lost each year—that’s the equivalent of 48 football fields every minute. The green flooring industry combats deforestation by sourcing materials from responsibly managed forests that meet the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) certification standards. Responsibly managed forests protect fragile ecosystems, prevent illegal logging, restrict clear-cutting and pesticide use, ensure the validity of the product source, and respect native populations.

According to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), roughly 46,000 to 58,000 square miles of forest are lost each year—that’s the equivalent of 48 football fields every minute.

Choosing alternative materials such as cork—both highly renewable natural resources—is another effective way to help reduce reliance on conventional timber production practices.

Preserve Natural Habitat.

The logging of rainforests for timber is the greatest threat to endangered plant and animal species—and the No.1 cause of their extinction. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) currently lists nearly 1,500 species as endangered or threatened. Losing species impacts biodiversity—the presence of a variety of species in a given area—which is key to sustaining the health of both local ecosystems and the global ecosystem.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) currently lists nearly 1,500 species as endangered or threatened.

Sustainably harvested and processed materials mitigate the detrimental environmental effects of deforestation—much of which happens at the hands of the timber industry whose current forest management practices are unsustainable.

Reduce Carbon Emissions.

Sustainably harvested and processed materials cut energy consumption, which results in a reduction in carbon emissions, which, in turn, reduces the negative environmental impact of global warming. Conversely, deforestation contributes to carbon emissions. Forests soak up carbon dioxide that would otherwise be free in the atmosphere, contributing to global warming; fewer forests equals more carbon in the atmosphere.

According to WWF, it is estimated that 15 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions are the result of deforestation.

Furthermore, because they do not contain carcinogens or other pollutants that negatively impact indoor air quality, green floors improve the health and well-being of building occupants.

By choosing a floor made with sustainable materials rather than conventionally manufactured timber, you are supporting an industry making a positive contribution to the planet’s health.

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