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Bio-based flooring – what you need to know

If you are thinking about making your home more sustainable by using bio-based flooring, there are a number of options that will help you to care for the planet and still retain a sense of style.

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Bamboo

If you like the look of wood but want something even more sustainable, bamboo is a great option and one that is gaining in popularity. Easy to install and maintain, it is also very durable, as it has many of the same characteristics as hardwood. Bamboo grows to full height in three to five years, making it sustainable, and it comes in a range of shades that can work with any style of décor.

Cork

A relatively new material when it comes to flooring, cork works well on floors and is very environmentally-friendly, as no trees have to be chopped down to harvest it. Cork is stripped from cork oak tree bark, which is found in Mediterranean forests. This bark then grows back every three years, making it a renewable source. In addition to being anti-allergenic, cork is easy to maintain, warm underfoot, and is fire retardant. It can be painted and stained to fit in with any home style and will last for years.

Hardwood

The Independent recommends solid wood flooring from a sustainable source, as this has a natural tone and warmth. You might want to consider different options from a stockist such as http://www.ukflooringdirect.co.uk/solid-wood-flooring.

Lino

Once considered ugly and old-fashioned, lino is making a bit comeback as an eco-friendly and stylish material for floors. As it is made from wood flour, tree resins, linseed oil, cork dust and ground limestone, it is relatively natural. It is water and fire resistant and will cope with a lot of wear and tear.

Rubber

Usually found in playgrounds or gyms, rubber flooring made from recycled tyres is beginning to make its mark in homes. It can look beautiful, is long-lasting, and comes in different colours and patterns.

Glass tiles

Old beer and wine bottles can be turned into stunning glass tiles that add a touch of glamour to any home. A great renewable source, glass does not absorb water and will not stain, making it easy to maintain. It also comes in a wide variety of colours, finishes and patterns, enabling you to have the style you want.