• at August 17, 2018

    We’re in the process of remodeling our home, and we are considering different flooring options. We love the look of wood flooring, but we are concerned about deforestation. Some people have told us that wood was a sustainable flooring material, but we’re not too sure about this.

    What are your thoughts?

  • at August 17, 2018

    I think it depends on where your wood flooring comes from. Trees can be taken from forests that are managed in a sustainable way, and that’s the way to make a sustainable wood floor. But when the trees are taken from forests that are not well managed, it becomes bad for the environment.

  • at August 17, 2018

    I think wood flooring is eco-friendly, in the way that at least wood is a natural material, compared to vinyl tiles for example. Sure it takes many years for trees to grow back, but they will grow back and there are many organisations devoted to planting new trees each year.

    I think wood flooring is also good for your home because it’s not made with any chemical products, so it’s better for your health and for the air quality inside your home than other types of floors.

  • at August 17, 2018

    But how can I know if a type of wood floor comes from a forest managed in a sustainable way or not? Will people at the store tell me that?

  • at August 17, 2018

    I think you have to look for the FSC seal (Forest Stewardship Council) to make sure the wood products you are buying come from a forest that is protected and well managed.

    Or at least, ask if the supplier knows where the wood used for their wood flooring comes from. If they have no idea, I guess this is a bad sign. They should be able to tell you where the wood comes from.

  • at August 17, 2018

    Ok, thank you.

  • at August 17, 2018

    There are wood floors that are made from reclaimed wood, which means wood that has already been used, but can be picked up, cleaned up, and recycled to make a new floor! I think this is the most eco-friendly option there is, you reuse old wood, but you also keep it from ending up in a landfill!

  • at August 17, 2018

    I agree that if you want a sustainable wood floor, you have to check where it came from.

    There are also some essences of wood that are more sustainable than others… Bamboo, for example, it can be used to make wood flooring, but it grows very fast so it’s seen as sustainable.

  • at August 17, 2018

    I had wood flooring installed in my home last year, and I absolutely love it! It has a dark, rich colour, and I think it will look even better with time.

    I think wood flooring is eco-friendly because it’s not made with chemicals, and wood is a natural material that will renew itself when given the chance.

  • at August 17, 2018

    Thank you all! We feel better about choosing wood flooring now. We have started to shop around, and we found a company that has many collections of beautiful wood flooring.

    Now we just can’t agree on which one we would like to install in our home.

  • at August 17, 2018

    Which company did you find?

  • at August 17, 2018

    It’s called Fuse Flooring. We love that they have hand planed and hand scraped wood, and a few different textures. They all look amazing, and I think they are all sustainable too.

  • at August 17, 2018

    I looked around their website, they really do have a lot of choices! Good luck choosing one!

  • at August 17, 2018

    Thank you! In fact we might choose 2 different styles… We’ll see.