Natural, eco friendly flooring products are gaining in popularity as more and more consumers are becoming concerned about chemicals in their homes as well as desiring to be kinder to the earth. Floortex Design has two Marin County design showrooms with a beautiful selection of natural products and environmentally friendly flooring.
Bamboo – Bamboo flooring is long lasting, durable, and it has a beautiful look. Harvested bamboo is cut into strips, dried and laminated under pressure. The end result is a material that’s stronger than red oak or maple. There are two color variations in bamboo flooring – natural light or “blonde,” or a darker version that is created by smoking or carbonizing the bamboo during the drying process.
Linoleum Flooring – Linoleum is an eco friendly, inexpensive and practical flooring option. Linoleum flooring contains very little VOC content, since it is constructed from natural materials, such as linseed oil, pine resin, sawdust, cork dust, limestone and jute. Natural linoleum is biodegradable and compostable.
Cork Flooring – Cork offers a stylish and sustainable flooring option with great sound and impact absorption. Cork comes from the bark of the cork oak tree, which grows in the forests of Mediterranean countries. The harvesting process causes no damage to the cork tree or the forest, making cork a renewable and environmentally friendly solution to your flooring needs.
Jute – Jute is a fantastic natural flooring option due to its fine, lustrous quality. Its ability to be woven into many designs, such as herringbone and tweed, make it a great eco friendly alternative to traditional carpets and rugs. Jute is the fibrous inner bark from the stalk of a giant tropical herb, named Cochorus, which grows in southern India and other hot, damp regions of Asia,
Seagrass – The natural look of seagrass carpets and rugs is sought after by many designers and homeowners. Seagrass is extremely soft and smooth underfoot, so it feels great to walk on and is an excellent choice for bedrooms. It’s grown in Chinese paddies and marshes that are flooded with seawater, then it is harvested, sun dried, and woven into yarn. Seagrass is completely biodegradable, so it can be recycled without taking up space in a landfill for eternity.
Sisal – Sisal’s textured look is a favorite of interior designers. Sisal is a natural fiber derived from the long, green leaves of the ‘agave sisalana’ cactus plant, which grows in semi-arid regions in Africa and Brazil. Sisal fibers are sustainably harvested by hand. Sisal is stronger and more durable than other natural fibers, which makes it a preferred material for carpet and rugs.
Wool Carpet – Wool is natural, durable and resilient, and wool carpet has a natural stain resisting property. The comfort of wool fiber is a major plus – it is a very soft fiber, so there’s a cushioned feeling as you walk on it. This softness, along with the loop design, creates a sound dampening effect. Wool carpet is also biodegradable, so it can be recycled.
Silk Carpet – Natural, real silk is produced from the cocoon of the silk worm. To harvest the silk, the cocoons are heated, or boiled to kill the silk worms. Then they’re unwound into single fibers, which are then spun into thread or silk yarns. When dyed, silk fibers are saturated with rich colors, and have a distinctive, almost translucent luster.
We invite you to drop by our design showrooms to discuss your ideas with our natural products and eco friendly flooring experts and see what we have to offer.
Floortex Design Corte Madera – 5768 Paradise Drive Corte Madera, CA 94925 – (415) 924-6545
Floortex Design San Rafael – 923 Francisco Blvd. E San Rafael 94901 – (415) 785-4614