Sustainable Flooring: Eco-Friendly Technology That Promote a Healthy Environment
In recent years, sustainable flooring practices became more prevalent in the customer decision-making process. Typical flooring considerations like color, texture, material, durability, style, and price now give way to concerns with a flooring’s sustainability and impact on the environment. Notably, this tends to be true among Millennials and Generation Z. In fact, both generations represent the largest flooring purchasers in the United States.
“It makes [customers] feel good about their purchase to know that their floor or deck was made with their family’s health and the environment in mind. Clean living and sustainable design are much more prevalent now and swaying more major purchasing decisions,” said Doug Jackson, CALI president.
With nearly 40% of energy-related CO2 emissions and 36% of energy consumption around the world coming from the building and construction industry, homeowners take environmental impact into greater consideration. Generally, people want to feel good about their purchasing decisions. This gives a competitive advantage to companies promoting sustainable materials when installing new floors.
Sustainable Flooring Manufacturing
Sustainable flooring promotes eco-friendly manufacturing methods. Additionally, sustainable practices typically generate a lower carbon footprint. Nabil Nasr, an associate provost and director of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology, says manufacturing sustainably can mean a lot of things, but people want to see cleaner processes.
“When we talk about sustainable manufacturing, we mean cleaner and more efficient systems with less resource consumption, less waste and emission,” he said. “It is to simply minimize any negative impact on the environment while still meeting demand. This is done through cleaner, more efficient processes using newer technologies.”
How Flooring Companies Are Practicing Sustainable Operations
Sustainable flooring practices have plenty of unique factors. For example, durability means longer lasting flooring. Thus, homeowners don’t replace the materials as frequently.
Also, cork and bamboo manage to be more sustainable. As a matter of fact, cork and bamboo grow back faster than wood. moreover, corm and bamboo still preserve heating and cooling within the home.
Installing Sustainable Flooring in Your Living Space
Beyond manufacturing, choosing a sustainable flooring means balancing maintenance, replacement rate, and home factors. As technology improves and new innovations come to light, sustainable manufacturing processes grow increasingly prevalent. To install sustainable flooring in your living space, contact the Chicagoland specialists at Scharm Floor Covering.