From the December/January 2009 Issue:

Step On It: Flooring Options

  • Writer: Lisa Rackley

Flooring companies develop eco-friendly lines

In the production of flooring, debris and leftover material traditionally is simply discarded. Today, however, many companies use filters to recycle the material into other products.

And while bamboo and cork are still popular sustainable choices for flooring, you can add these to the list: linoleum, rubber, natural fiber carpets, recycled stone, recycled wood, porcelain, and glass tile.

Old Is New
Country Floors Inc. offers a line of reclaimed terra-cotta tiles that, in some cases, were produced and used 50 to 100 years ago in France, Italy, and Spain. The tiles cost about $16 to $24 per square foot. Applications include indoor and outdoor areas. Shown above is a patio setting with 5-by-10-inch tiles in Rose Blend. The company also carries a line of reclaimed stone troughs and basins for use as sinks. Some are embellished with marble, semiprecious stones, shards of hand-painted tiles, recovered marble slate, or stones. In addition the company has a line of porcelain flooring that looks like wood. It comes in natural colors and raised grains. The manufacturer plants a tree for every meter sold (about 10.76 square feet). Pictured at left are Abisko Rovere, the lighter grain, and Ebano. Locations include The Square Yard in Summit and Monmouth St. Tile in Red Bank. 800-311-9995 or

Get it Done
Marmoleum tiles of natural linoleum have antistatic properties that keep dust mites and allergens at bay and contain no lead, solvents, or formaldehyde. The tiles, manufactured by Forbo Flooring in 18 colors, snap into place without glue and can be used immediately after installation. About $4.50 to $9 per square foot, depending on the subfloor and design size. Locations include Cove Discount Carpet One and Square Yard in Summit, Mazza Flooring in Hammonton, Jeffries Floor & Décor in Beach Haven, and Regent Flooring in Pennington. For more locations, 866-627-6653 or

Tile Style
Crossville Inc.’s EcoCycle line of sustainable flooring is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, Scientific Certification Systems, and LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which means it meets the standards of an eco-friendly product because it’s at least 40 percent recycled content. Production waste is filtered and reused to make the EcoCycle line. These 12-by-12-inch tiles are slip, scratch, stain and fade resistant and clean easily with hot water. They come in natural stone colors, including (from left) Night Air, Marshland, Wetlands, Earth, and Pine Barren. About $4.50 per square foot. Sources include Oasis Tile in Belle Mead, Tile Solutions in Absecon, ProFloor in Belmar, Garden State Tile in Farmingdale, and Ocean Tile & Marble in Asbury Park. For other locations, 931-484-2110 or visit