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5 Gorgeous, Sustainably-Made Flooring Options

With upcycled materials and carbon-neutral life cycles, these handsome floor coverings are manufactured with environmental good in mind

By Gregory Furgala

Not all flooring is created equal – or equally. Some requires a lot more energy and material than others, resulting in outsized carbon footprints and unnecessary waste that, frankly, we have a moral obligation to mitigate. So consider the flooring options listed below as a step in the right direction – each could make for a gorgeous contribution to your home while minimizing superfluous contributions to the landfill.

Hardwood Redux

Provenza’s Alter collection recreates the splits, knots and other imperfections of salvaged oak and fills them with resin, intermingling the look of natural wood grain with stone. From $8.25/sq ft, at Ciot.

Safety First

Italian manufacturer Salis’s Armonico collection isn’t of the moment – it’s of two: the wood is certified sustainable, and it’s coated in an anti-bacterial finish. Available in multiple colours and patterns. From $13/sq ft, at Relative Space.

Recycled Couture

From a family-owned mill in Northern Portugal, Casa Cubista picks up the fashion industry’s castoffs, weaving recycled threads into plush reversible rugs. Available in four sizes. From $125, at Saudade.

Marb-elous

The porcelain slabs of ABK’s Sensi Up collection mimic the dappled shades of genuine marble. Made with a minimum of 40 per cent recycled material, they include a hint of green, too. From $16.50/sf, at SS Tile and Stone.

Zero Sum

It’s common knowledge that Flor isn’t short on carpet tile collections. Less well-known is that the brand is carbon neutral across all products, including our new fave, Crosswise. $35/tile, at Flor.

Originally published in our 2020 Reno Issue as “Positive Step”