bamboo and cork flooring in strongsville, ohWhen it comes to extending the life of the planet we’re often told to carpool with friends or bring reusable bags to the grocery store. These are small decisions that will make a big difference over the span of a year. However, it can be hard to consistently choose the eco-friendly option when the payoff isn’t immediate, and when we can’t necessarily see the difference we’re making. For this reason making a bigger change towards living an eco-friendly lifestyle can feel incredibly rewarding. Here we’ve outlined a couple tips you can follow to improve the eco-friendliness of your Strongsville kitchen. We encourage you to implement one of them in your home!

Tip One: Consider Bamboo or Cork Flooring

When we make the decision to buy an eco-friendly product we often assume that our options will be limited. This isn’t the case with eco-friendly flooring. More than ever before there are several eco-friendly flooring options available. Bamboo flooring is one such option. Bamboo grows quickly and abundantly, which makes it highly renewable. Particularly in a kitchen, bamboo flooring is a great option. It can be easily swept, mopped, or vacuumed.

Cork flooring is another eco-friendly flooring option perfect for kitchens. It’s made from the bark of cork oak trees and similar to bamboo is highly renewable. Unlike the manufacture of traditional hardwood flooring, which requires cutting down entire trees, the bark of cork trees are stripped seasonally to make this flooring. This allows trees to continually grow and prevents the broad elimination of forests. From a practical standpoint, cork flooring offers a comfortable underfoot. This makes it great for kitchens because they’re a room where you could be standing for several hours.

Tip Two: Start a Kitchen Compost System

In the United States food waste is widespread. So much of the food we buy doesn’t get eaten and therefore needs to be transported to landfills, a process that is time and resource intensive. Composting is the process of recycling decomposed organic materials into soil. It saves energy by extending the life of landfills and limiting the use of fuel. You can use a kitchen compost system to create your own rich soil, or you can aid in the larger recycling process by separating your food waste from generic garbage.

To make a compost system you’ll need a small, sealable container to put your food scraps in. Fruit and vegetable peelings, coffee filters, teabags, and eggshells can all be composted. All you need to do is transport your food scraps into your yard waste bin once your kitchen container is full, or add them to a larger pile of scraps outside if you’re creating your own soil.

Here at Floor Coverings International Cleveland Southwest we look forward to helping you maximize the eco-friendliness of your kitchen, starting with the right floors! We proudly serve the greater Strongsville, Broadview Heights areas and offer free consultations. Call us today!

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