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Go Green with Your Kitchen Floors this Year

There are so many ways to go green in your home, especially when it comes to recycling, using less energy, and using less water. However, did you know that you can also go green when choosing your flooring for your kitchen? It’s true! There are quite a few flooring options available that are green, yet they are still durable, easy to keep clean, and look fabulous.

Stencil.default 5Here are 3 kitchen floor options that are green:

Cork

Cork flooring is made from the bark of trees, so the trees are not damaged in any way at all when the bark is harvested. Therefore, the trees are still standing, and the bark grows back, so that it can be re-harvested again in a few years. Cork floors are warm and soft to stand on, so you will be comfortable even if you are standing in your kitchen cooking and doing dishes for hours on end. These floors are also antimicrobial, hypoallergenic, fire retardant, and resistant to mildew and mold.

Glass

Glass tiles are becoming more popular for floors and they are made from 100% recycled post-consumer and post-industrial glass. These tiles add visual depth and shine to floors, plus they never get stained and can be wiped clean quite easily. They can get slippery when wet, but the tiles do resist mildew and other allergens.

Reclaimed or Salvaged Wood

It is not always easy to find reclaimed or salvaged wood, but if you can find a local excavator or contractor who does a lot of renovations or demolitions you might get lucky. By rescuing this wood, you are saving it from a life in the landfills, and instead giving it a new life in your kitchen. It does take some work to refinish reclaimed or salvaged wood flooring, but that hard work pays off at the end with a beautiful finished floor that you can walk on for years.

Kitchen Remodeling in Chicago

These three green flooring options will all look beautiful in your kitchen, and you can incorporate them with many other green options. In fact, you can make your entire kitchen green if you really want to. It will take a little more work, but it is possible to do with a little creativity and a good contractor who can think outside of the box.

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