Are wood floors environmentally friendly?

10:36:00 AM

Hello darlings!

Lately I've been blogging a lot about ecology since it's a matter really close to my heart. As a family we try to be respectful and environmentally responsible to everything we do. That also involves our house and everything we put in that.

With environmental impact at the forefront of most people minds nowadays when designing a home it is only understandable to be concerned about how environmentally friendly your floor is. A common misconception about wood flooring is that it is actually damaging to the environment and that it contributes to deforestation. The truth is that wood flooring is actually much kinder to the environment than you may have previously thought.



Carbon Footprint

The main reason people think that woodfloors are damaging to the environment is because it is often considered that it takes a lot of energy to create. However, something people are often unaware of is that wood flooring takes fives times less energy to produce than one ton of cement does. If you’re looking to further reduce your carbon footprint something to consider would be ordering a floor that is either sourced in the UK or a close neighboring country. This will make the travel emissions created to deliver your floor significantly less.

Renewable Resource

Wood is a renewable resource which means that it can be continuously reproduced. As previously mentioned, the most common misconception of wood flooring is that it contributes to deforestation. With modern progression however and the introduction of responsible forestry management this now means that trees that are used for things such as flooring for example are immediately replaced. Because of this the number of trees remains at a constant number. One of the benefits of this is that the older trees that are used for manufacturing are replaced with younger trees that are actually more beneficial for the environment. Younger trees are able to absorb more carbon dioxide and therefore produce more oxygen which improves the atmospheric output of the forest.


Most Sustainable Floors

Although all wood floors are considered environmentally friendly, there are defiantly some species that are more sustainable than others. Bamboo for example rapidly renews and regenerates typically within as little as three to five years. Bamboo definitely holds it own against other solid wood floors like oak in both longevity and durability meaning you won’t be skipping out on quality. Another wood material that has an eco-friendly edge is cork. Cork, similar to bamboo, regenerates quickly compared to others and take typically ten years to replenish making it one of the faster materials to regenerate. Some cork floors go the extra mile and use recycled wine corks in their construction to give them an additional sense of sustainability.


Wood floors are a long-term investment that pays itself off through the many years of quality and strength it will provide you with. Other flooring materials such as carpets would need replacing more than once in your lifetime. This will contribute to environment damage by the continuous manufacturing that is needed since the life of a carpet is significantly shorter. Unlike a carpet, a wood floor will improve the air quality in your home too. Wood floors do not harbor dust or allergens which means they are not only a stylish and sustainable, they are also kinder to your own home. 

They are also much more kid friendlier then I thought before I had my daughter. She loves to walk in all fours on the kitchen floor and the wood is not as hard on her head when she falls, as other surfaces like tiles or marble. 


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21 comments

  1. I have hardwood throughout my entire first floor with the exception of the kitchen and bathroom. I love the look of it.

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  2. This is great information! We are striing to be a more eco-friendly family and I've been wondering how to do that with home building resources. Thanks!

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  3. I wish my entire house was hardwood flooring! That is my favorite! I agree, my daughter hurt herself more on tile than she ever did on hardwood!

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  4. Great post! I´m also a huge fan of hardwood flooring!
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  5. So interesting! I love wood floors but since my kids are just learning to walk right now we are sticking with carpet. I am happy to learn that wood floors takes less energy than cement to make!

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  6. This is a really interesting post. I love wooden floor! Most of old houses in France have it but none in the UK. I miss it! It's so elegant! xx corinne

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  7. I love wooden floors. I rather them than tiles. In my country (Jamaica), you'll find wooden floors mostly in the country side but in the city where I live it's tiled.

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  8. I have wooden floors throughout the bottom of my home, so am glad to hear they are environmentally friendly.

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  9. So interesting! I love wood floors sadly here in abq it is hard to find wooden floor in apt. I lived in Panama before and everyone has wooden floors. cool to know they are environment friendly

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  10. Great post! Our whole house are made of oak wood flooring. We love wood flooring and good to know that it's good for the environment.

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  11. This is good to know. We might eventually get wood flooring--or it might be laminate, but we aren't sure yet.

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  12. I prefer carpet but hate dealing with messes. I love the old hardwood in my three bedrooms. I like the ceramic tile in my kitchen but that flooring is horrible to fall on!

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  13. We have been thinking of putting hardwood on our main floor. I love the look of it and how easy it is to care for.

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  14. I love wood floors, they are so beautiful! Thanks for all those great info about!

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  15. This is great information! here in my country the wood floors aren't so trendy, while ceramic is what almost everyone has.

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  16. I think this is the first time I read something from your blog and I love it! My heart was jumping up from happiness when I read that you (like me) do care about the environment and actually do something about it. It's not always the easiest way but it is so much worth it! I had no idea about this point of view about wooden floors! Thank you so much and keep it up!!! Love, Kate

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  17. Thank you for these information. Our floor is made of wood :)

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  18. Thsi was an interesting post and definitely food for thought, not really something I would think about when choosing flooring but you make a good point.

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  19. Very interesting post. I love wood floors they are throughout my home. I really never thought of them not to be unfriendly.

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  20. Ooh interesting, I'd never considered the echo friendliness of wood flooring. Something we would (or... wood?... sorry) definitely look into when we get our house.

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  21. Here in the Philippines most homes are built with cement flooring - it is sturdier for us especially since we experience lots of typhoons. I do personally want wood floorings since it is more eco friendly.

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