Sustainability means living within the means of the natural systems, without causing harm to others or jeopardizing future needs. It has also come to mean reducing environmental impact and cultivating renewable resources. The earth can no longer provide the abundance of non-renewable resources to meet the ever-growing needs of mankind.
The word sustainability has been a trendy buzzword since the advent of the environmental movement in the early 1980’s. The idea of environmental sustainability was introduced by Rachel Carson in her 1962 book Silent Spring. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature published the World Conservation Strategy in 1980 including a chapter entitled, “Towards Sustainable Development”. The word “sustainable’ forever became a part of the American lexicon and national policy discussion
Industry consumes an enormous amount of sustainable and unsustainable goods from around the world. Many companies realized sustainable products contribute not only to bottom-line profitability but also to the good of the planet. This trend has even extended into flooring because sustainable floors were found to be versatile, durable, and abundant. In addition to the obvious benefit, businesses enjoy positive public relations notoriety as a result of being environmentally friendly. Including this information in the business marketing plan will help to attract like-minded consumers and business partners.
Sustainable flooring meets the needs of many businesses. The top flooring priorities of many businesses are: comfort, durability, aesthetics, safety, and shorter maintenance times. Businesses can choose a floor based on their needs, identifying features from most to least important. When using this ranking system, several different flooring materials are usually identified. It’s important to remember that different areas have different needs. Sustainable flooring options are different throughout the entire operation, and sometimes from room to room.
Some of the more well-known sustainable flooring materials are:
- Bamboo—This material provides strength and durability, but is not comfortable to walk on for prolonged periods of time. Bamboo is durable in high-traffic areas, requiring less frequent replacement. It portrays the “feel of home” because of its natural wood appearance. Employees and visitors are much more comfortable in a simulated home like environment. Bamboo is made from grass that reaches maturity in 5-7 years. It is harvested and regrows from the roots when cut at ground level. Bamboo is therefore a sustainable product.
- Cork- Made from tree bark is another sustainable flooring option. Cork is comfortable and aesthetically pleasing but is more expensive than other options. It reaches maturity in 25 years but is harvested every 9-12 years. The tree remains alive while the bark regenerates.
- Wool- Wool and woolen carpets are an appropriate sustainable floor covering that has been used for centuries because of its durability. Woolen carpeting is appropriate for showrooms and client meeting areas where appearance matters as much as durability. Modern production processes removed the use of toxins and volatile compounds making wool carpeting even more attractive.
To make the best possible decision for your business or place of work please do not hesitate to contact the flooring professionals at Commercial Flooring & Interior Concepts, Inc. located at 615 Hope Road, Building #2, Eatontown, NJ 07724 Phone: 732-542-0022 • Fax: 732-460-0383 • Cell: 732-233-3707. Take the guesswork out of what flooring surface will meet your commercial needs while being the most cost effective choice and staying within your budget. Our experienced staff will ask all the right questions to arrive at all the right answers.