Commitment to the Environment
New technology coupled with a growing concern for our environment has enabled manufacturers to develop products which reuse existing material to create new floor coverings. Rubber floor tiles are being created from recycled tires, porcelain tile is being created from recycled tile, and carpet is being manufactured using leftover yarn that would otherwise be thrown away.
In addition to using recycled materials, flooring manufacturers have also sought out new resources which are easily renewable. The hardwoods of the past, though still fashionable and heavily used, take decades to grow back before they can be utilized again. Bamboo and cork are easily renewable materials because they are harvested in a unique way that leaves the tree (or chute) still standing. The result is more frequent harvesting and considerably smaller impact on the environment.