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Published on October 22nd, 2007 | by Stephanie Evans


Remodeling with Wood Alternatives

If you’re building a new house or remodeling an old one, consider sustainable sources for your flooring and cabinetry.  Popular products such as no-wax flooring are non-biodegradable and require toxic solvents to maintain, while most new carpets release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the atmosphere.

Consider using environmentally friendly and renewable products such as linoleum, recycled products, or non-VOC carpet.  If wood flooring is your preference, there are affordable, durable, and rich-looking flooring options that are more sustainable than hardwoods, including bamboo, cork, and eucalyptus.  Choose wood products from sustainable managed forests, such as those certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

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