There are plenty of good reasons to go green. Whether you’re hoping for an all-natural home free of contaminants or want to do your part to protect the planet, Patrice Raven and Garry Lozon at Kelowna’s Impression Floors are here to help.
“A lot of people aren’t aware of the eco-friendly flooring options available,” Lozon says.
And you don’t have to sacrifice comfort or quality to go green. Here are four flooring solutions that will help your home in more ways than one:
1. Super-soft carpets made from recycled plastic bottles
Impression Floors is excited about Tryesse Carpets, and not just because they’re eco-friendly.
“It’s really soft,” Lozon says, “And it’s made to last.”
Recycled plastic bottles are spun into a long, continuous filament, which means there’s no shedding.
“The really cool thing is that it doesn’t absorb like other carpets. It cleans really easily.”
Pets, wine, and other stains don’t stand a chance on this carpet. People don’t believe them at first, but Raven encouraged one customer to take home a sample.
“She tried it at home and then bought a whole bunch!”
2. Natural New Zealand wool carpets
Not only is wool renewable and all-natural, it also absorbs household air pollutants and is naturally stain-resistant.
You can sink your feet into luxury and know that at the end of your carpet’s lifespan you can save it from the landfill because wool is biodegradable.
“Wool carpets are more expensive, but for customers who have the budget it’s a worthwhile investment. Wool is a quality product and at Impression Floors we’ll install it with care. All our customers want is a quality product and a job well done,” Lozon says.
3. Ethically sourced hardwood flooring with an all-natural finish
Impression Floors only carries hardwood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, which means the wood comes from responsibly managed forests. Their eco-friendly products are made of wood free of chemical contamination that won’t release pollutants into the air.
‘Green’ flooring also uses an all-natural oil finish.
“You never need to sand them,” Lozon says, “You just oil the high-traffic areas when the texture starts to change. You don’t have to do the whole floor.”
4. Luxury vinyl
More and more vinyl is made from recycled materials, and it’s built to last – the less frequently you have to replace your flooring, the better for the planet. Impression Floors works with some Canadian manufacturers who are focused on reducing their energy consumption during production.