Now that we’re all becoming more environmentally aware, we’re looking for the sustainability factor in our home improvements. Flooring is often the focus point as it’s commonly a large area that undergoes a lot of wear and tear.
We’ve all heard that cork, bamboo and lino are good choices for the eco fan but did you know that concrete, glass tiling and leather are up and coming alternatives?
There’s no worry of glass tiling ever running out unless we decide to change our drinks bottles to plastic in the near future. I like to think that my partying has added to the cause in a roundabout way.
As it won’t absorb any moisture, your flooring will remain mould-free and stay super-shiny. It’s also a brilliant light reflector, so it’s a good choice for any darker rooms that could do with a bit of extra light.
It can look cold but after a polish and tint treatment, concrete can actually be a surprisingly good investment for your home. Less material is used in the laying process as the concrete doubles up as the foundation slab and top flooring layer. Your property will be more energy efficient once concrete has been welcomed into the fold and the flooring is built to last indefinitely too, making it worth the investment cost of around £50 per square metre.
If you like the idea and it’s just the appearance putting you off, have a look at this!
You wouldn’t know the difference from vinyl. You can even embed glass amongst a design of your choice, so it definitely doesn’t have to remain grey and dull!
Leather used for flooring is normally cut from the centre of the cowhide so it’s much thicker than the leather you might have seen displayed across various wallets and purses. The eco label comes from the lack of chemicals such as PCP and formaldehyde, although you’ll need to do your research as the tanning method will affect just how green each company really is. It’s new to the eco fold but it’s definitely one to watch and one I’m keeping my eye on. TING London has even started selling leather made from recycled belts to give that sleek, panelled look.
I’m a big fan of the cracked, aged look and can see this becoming big news in rustic properties, where wear and tear gives a home its character. The downside is that it doesn’t react well to moisture, but if you keep it to well ventilated areas which don’t come into contact with much water – you can make it work. I like the idea of treading barefoot on a material that’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer. It’s on my bedroom wish-list!
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