Eco-friendly Flooring is Smart for Home & Planet
Malkin’s Flooring believes in making smart choices for both your home and the environment. That is why Malkin’s offers flooring solutions created with renewably sourced materials or recycled content. Our full line of eco-friendly flooring includes green carpet, bamboo, cork, marmoleum, reclaimed wood and even rubber! We also recycle most old carpets and padding after installation.
An exotic, eco-friendly alternative to hardwood, bamboo floors are quickly becoming a popular choice among homeowners and businesses. Bamboo’s eyecatching pattern and tight grain creates a distinctive look in any living environment. Bamboo is actually stronger than many hardwoods and has a reduced susceptibility to moisture, although ideally, bamboo should not be installed in extremely moist rooms, such as bathrooms. Because bamboo is a grass and not a tree, it can mature within five years—a fast harvest compared to the decades it takes trees to mature. As a result, it is a highly renewable source of flooring material.
Like bamboo, cork offers a strong, durable and eco-friendly flooring option. Its toughness makes it a popular choice for use in banks, courthouses, churches and libraries. In fact, many churches and libraries built in the 1800s still boast their original cork floors! Cork provides a soft, spongy cushion underfoot, which gives relief to those who work on their feet for long periods. Its porous nature also makes it a natural heat insulator and helps reduce noise. Cork is harvested from the bark of a cork tree. The tree is not destroyed, and simply regrows its bark. In nine years, it is ready for harvest again.
Mohawk has teamed up with DuPont to create the world’s most earth-friendly carpets – SmartStrand® with DuPont™ Sorona® renewably sourced polymer. Extremely soft and stain-resistant, SmartStrand® is the perfect choice for both the activist and the active family.
On average, each sale of 7 yards of carpeting featuring SmartStrand® with Dupont™ Sorona® renewably sourced polymer will equate to an energy savings equivalent to one gallon of gasoline.
Choosing Mohawk Carpet from Malkin’s contributes to recycling efforts due to Mohawk’s sustainable technologies. Mohawk has even perfected a way to recycle plastic containers into luxurious carpet. This results in billions of plastic bottles being kept out of landfills each and every year!
Marmoleum® is a flooring covering product used in residential and commercial applications. It is made from a proprietary blend of wood flour, jute, rosin, and linseed oil. This organic mix is then pressed together and dried to produce sheets or tiles. Though this product has been on the market for over a century, it is becoming more popular due to the growth of the green building movement over the past several decades.
Reclaimed or salvaged wood flooring is growing in popularity because it offers homeowners something historically unique for their home. Each board has its own unique character or personality with distinguishing authentic nail holes, markings, and patina that tell its life story. Reclaimed, antique wood has been through decades of seasonal expanding and contracting cycles, making it an extremely stable wood filled with classic charm.