Great strides in eco-consciousness, encouraged primarily by the architectural community (and not government leadership, unfortunately), have pushed environmentally-conscious design to the forefront. However, the most recognized environmental rating system for construction rewards the use of carpet made from recycled plastic soda bottles. Carpet? Plastic? Soda? Eco-Friendly? Can those words be used in the same paragraph?
Renewable, biodegradable, beautiful, durable wood flooring :
- outlasts that carpet (by a factor of 10)
- takes less energy to produce
- uses less embodied energy
- leaves no toxic trail
- has no waste by-products
- harbors no allergens
- adds value to the property
Yet, it gets no points at all, and it endures more scrutiny than any of the other building materials. Wood is inherently the most environmentally-responsible building material, especially when compared to any other floor covering. Concrete, vinyl, carpet, and even quarried products are environmental disasters by comparison. Wood, and other plant-based building materials, are the only building materials that satisfy two cornerstones of environmental responsibility: renewable and bio-degradable.
Planet Hardwood has other eco-friendly and people-friendly products for buildings other than wood bamboo and cork flooring. We also carry Safecoat paints, stains, coatings and cleaning products, American Clay Plaster, zero-VOC mastics and finishes for wood flooring. Perhaps “spreading our footprint” is a poor choice of words. Products that leave no footprint on our world, or on our DNA, is the goal.