There are many different sustainable flooring products out there that are made from renewable, ecologically sound resources. These products include hardwood substitutes, natural fiber carpets and linoleum.
Wood – The wood flooring that you use would have to be reclaimed wood in order for it to meet the Materials & Resources criteria for LEED certification.
Bamboo Flooring – This type of flooring is made from grass and is anti-bacterial, water resistant and very durable. Some bamboo floors are considered to be less sustainable if they contain formaldehyde vs natural based adhesives.
Cork Flooring – is a renewable and sustainable resource that is anti-microbial.
Linoleum Flooring – is made from dried and milled flax seeds mixed with other plant materials that are renewable and 100% biodegradable.
Rubber Flooring – is only considered sustainable if it is not made from a petroleum product. It comes from a rubber tree that is renewable.
Natural and Recycled Carpet – Carpets such as sisal, wool, cotton, jute and coconut husk are all sustainable.
Coconut Timber Flooring – is a hardwood substitute from a coconut palm tree. This flooring is made from matured palm trees that no longer bear fruits.