5 Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Flooring Options

Environmentally friendly flooring materials are giving homeowners and builders the choice to go green with their decisions. It is very tempting to take advantage of being in a country like Malaysia where we have easy access to highly prized timber locally and in the region like merbau, chengal, ramin, meranti and Burmese teak.

Sustainable flooring are made from renewable sources and more manufacturers are moving towards producing flooring materials which has minimal to no off-gassing of toxic substances. So they get our thumbs up for being both stylish and beneficial for your family’s health and the environment.

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When choosing which type of sustainable flooring would suit your home, think about who lives in your home, which rooms has the most traffic, what areas are used the most and how much time are you willing to spend on cleaning and maintaining your floors. If you have any pets running around or kids with health conditions like asthma, these will also affect your choice.

You can find out more about choosing a design, renovation works and installation details for your floors from our list of flooring specialists or interior designers on Kaodim. Here are 5 popular sustainable flooring options and styles that you can ask them about:

1. Bamboo

Bamboo is a fast-growing grass that produces new shoots without the need for replanting it, reaching maturity in three to five years. Bamboo flooring is gaining market recognition as a great alternative to timber floors and is widely available in Malaysia at a much more affordable price.

It is durable, easy to install, maintenance-friendly, and looks great in your home – what more could you ask for!

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2. Polished Concrete

Polished concrete is a rising star in the world of interior design for its modern appeal and versatility. Sustainable concrete floors are manufactured out of recycled materials and it is also 100% recyclable.

It has a long life cycle and does not emit any Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) into the air. Check with your renovation contractor or flooring specialist about finishing your concrete floor with a low VOC sealer.

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Extremely versatile with designs, you can choose a variety of colours, scoring, finishes and stains to customise your concrete floor, and be environmentally friendly to Mother Earth as well!

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3. Recycled Timber

Recycled or reclaimed timbers are increasingly becoming the choice material for flooring. Sourced mostly as leftovers from house renovations and old buildings parts, some of them can be extremely beautiful – aesthetically, this well-seasoned wood certainly does not lack in its rustic charm.

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4. Natural Linoleum

‘Lino’ as it is called, is a durable and long-lasting floor covering made from renewable resources that are biodegradable like limestone, linseed oil, cork dust and recycled wood flour. Perfect for homeowners who want a low maintenance floor – cleaning usually just requires regular sweeping so you can reduce the need for water, power or chemicals.

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5. Sustainable Carpets & Rugs

Here’s a sustainable option for soft flooring fans.  If you are keen on carpets and rugs, materials wool is the most popular sustainable material, but you can choose from other natural alternatives like sisal and jute that also has a low environmental impact.

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Can’t believe how good going green looks? Visit Kaodim’s listing of flooring specialists and suppliers, interior designers and renovation contractors who can help you find the best solution to design, source and install your choice of eco-friendly floors.

If you’re already into the green movement but need some help keep your floor clean and long-lasting, we also have qualified professional cleaning services in Kuala Lumpur, Petaling Jaya, Klang Valley areas, Johor Bahru and Penang to take care of the job.