“Eco-friendly” is a buzzword we often see in the media today. But environmental sustainability is more than a trending catchphrase; it can have a real impact on your business. That’s where we come in. At Floor Coverings International, we’re committed to helping you make your business environmentally sustainable with our high-quality eco-friendly commercial flooring products. Learn why becoming eco-friendly is so important—and how sustainable flooring can make it happen.
Increasingly, customers are indicating they care about the environment and want businesses to reflect their values. According to a recent report, 75% of consumers take environmental sustainability into consideration before making a purchase. That means your customers want to see that you’re taking active steps towards eco-friendly business practices.
Your flooring choice can help you show your customers you take your environmental responsibility seriously. The floor is one of the first things your customers see when they walk in, so choosing sustainable flooring is one of the most visual ways you can demonstrate your environmental commitment. Some great eco-friendly commercial flooring options include:
Adopting eco-friendly commercial flooring can contribute to your LEED score. In addition to making a positive impact on the environment, there are a lot of practical benefits to improving your LEED score. LEED certification comes with several incentives, including:
Eco-friendly commercial flooring can add credits to your LEED score. Sustainable commercial carpet is a good example of this. Almost all commercial carpet products are certified as Green Label Plus, meaning they meet or exceed all regulatory requirements for emissions and are accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
Sustainable commercial carpet that is certified as Green Label Plus is recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED version 4 standard as a Low-Emitting Materials Third Party Certification. This means the carpet can contribute to a building’s overall LEED score. Additional LEED credits can be obtained if the carpet is made from recycled materials. All sustainable commercial carpets made from recycled materials must meet the same performance standards as their non-recycled counterparts.
A “green” flooring with LEED credits can bring you a host of benefits, from tax incentives to public recognition. As many businesses have discovered, eco-friendly isn’t just good for your environment; it’s good for your bottom line.
Whether or not you spend a lot of time thinking about the environment, you do spend nearly all of your time doing something so fundamental we usually don’t think about it: breathing. And believe it or not, eco-friendly commercial flooring can have a big impact in this area.
Eco-friendly commercial flooring products, unlike alternative commercial flooring options, typically emit little to no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). For this reason, sustainable flooring improves indoor air quality by eliminating the emission of these chemicals.
“Green” flooring options have gotten even better at this in recent years. Sustainable commercial carpet products are produced using new manufacturing methods that have reduced the amount of 4-phenylcyclohexene (4-PCH), a VOC commonly associated with carpet, by over 80%. Commercial carpet also captures dust and allergens that would have been floating in the air so you don’t breathe them in.
Bamboo flooring comes from a naturally occurring plant that emits virtually no VOCs. And cork flooring goes even further in improving air quality; it’s naturally resistant to mold and mildew and is anti-microbial. For these reasons, sustainable flooring can help help you and your business breathe easier.
It’s never been more important to make sure you have eco-friendly commercial flooring. To learn more about how to make your businesses “green” or to schedule a FREE design consultation, contact Floor Coverings International today!