Flooring is one of the most noticeable elements of any kitchen design and there are many different flooring options available. In terms of environmental benefit, there are several materials that stand out in terms of making green sense.
■ Natural linoleum:Natural linoleum components are readily renewable. Vinyl, a common artificial alternative, is both
produced and disposed of with environmentally-harmful results.
■ Bamboo: Bamboo is readily renewable (canes can be harvested for use in flooring every threee to 6 years) and is comparable in durability and hardness to wood flooring.
■ FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)-certified hardwood flooring: This flooring has been harvested from forestry operations that are managed with long-term economic, environmental and social sustainability in mind.
■ Reclaimed wood: Some of the “waste” going to landfills is still quite serviceable, and in the case of salvaged wood flooring, can add unique character and beauty to your home.
■ Cork: Cork is harvested from the bark of trees — the trees themselves live for many years — making cork a readily
■ Recycled glass tile: These tiles are made with glass salvaged from a variety of sources — broken glass from window
manufacturers, crushed car and airplane windshields and glass bottles.