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What Is Green

By FAF Staff Writer, (242 words) Posted in Green Flooring on March 11, 2010
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There is a growing awareness of the need to reduce one’s carbon footprint, and by extension, reduce emission levels. One of the ways of achieving this is by low–impact living with the increased use of green products. The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has been at the forefront of this philosophy by aggressively promoting the concept of using green products in the building and construction industry. One of the means of encouragement is through the LEED point rating system. With such strong initiatives the Council has made significant inroads. Builders and homeowners are fast changing their mindset and thinking green.

But what is Green? Many people have only a hazy concept.

To be classified as green, any product should meet most of the following criteria, or at least not violate them:

  • Use renewable energy and reduce energy use
  • Contain recycled material inputs
  • Be less toxic
  • Be durable and reusable
  • Conserve water and protect it
  • Be plant derived
  • Be sustainably produced and organically grown
  • Reduce packaging
  • Be locally produced
  • Be socially responsible

Flooring is one area that offers multiple green options which qualify for points under the USGBC LEED rating system. Some of these green flooring types are Bamboo, Carpet, Cork, Hardwood, Laminate, Linoleum, Stone, and Tile. However a socially responsible buyer has to go deeper into the product and explore where it originates and how it has been processed. One floor type has been susceptible to greenwashing and that is bamboo flooring. If harvested before maturity and manufactured with toxic glues and finishes, bamboo is no longer green.

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