Let’s see, you have decided to go green with your kitchen remodeling. Check. You have picked out all your green kitchen countertops. Check. You got eco-friendly kitchen cabinets to match. Check. You even picked out energy efficient kitchen appliances and a low flow faucet, double check. So how else can you possibly stay green? Isn’t this as green as a kitchen gets? For one thing, yes. However, there is one more option that you can take advantage of that most homeowners do not even know about. And that is eco-friendly kitchen flooring.
Below are some very cool and beautiful green options to choose from to match any style!
This isn’t your mother’s drabby and hideous linoleum flooring as it is way up to date. Linoleum has a lifespan of up to 40 years so if you already have linoleum flooring that is around that age then just switch it out for this planet friendly option. This type of flooring is completely petroleum-free and is made from natural sources, yet very durable.
That plant that pandas eat may be made of grass but is actually as strong as hardwood. The beauty of this product is that it is so abundant that it would help reduce deforestation and give young trees a chance to grow and thrive in the environment. Bamboo flooring is not only beautiful but also resistant to fire and water, and low maintenance.
If you want that vintage feel in your kitchen then you cannot go wrong with reclaimed wood. It will give your kitchen a unique and characteristic look that cannot be duplicated by any kind of engineered materials. This wood comes from old factories, barns and even warehouses. This is a great way to reuse wood that would have been destroyed because it is not thought of as useful anymore.
Ok, so it does not exactly sing, “eco-friendly”, however, this is recycled rubber we are talking about. This is the preferred choice for many professional chefs. The texture of the rubber floor actually absorbs the shock from your feet, knees, legs and even lower back. This allows you to be on your feet longer in the kitchen without feeling tired. It also absorbs the sound in your kitchen so if you’re not exactly the most graceful person while cooking, it will minimize the banging of pots and pans!
This option is most beneficial if you have little ones roaming free in your home. You don’t have to worry about whether your kitchen floors are thoroughly sanitized because it is fire, fungus and mold resistant. Therefore, you wouldn’t have to worry about your kitchen floors being saturated with bacteria. It also offers the same benefits of the latter option since it is very cushioning and will last a very long time.