These five earth-friendly flooring options are not only good for the environment, but also durable, stylish, and good for your home.
What it is: Made of ceramic, glass, or stone, tile has unrivaled durability. It works in high-traffic areas such as entries, kitchens, and hallways. Manufacturers now offer more floor tiles with the look and color range of stone, ceramic tile, terra-cotta, or terrazzo, but with recycled content.
What makes it green: Recycled-content tile makes use of otherwise wasted by-products diverting glass, used tiles, granite dust, stone tailings, and unfired material from landfills and offsetting its high "embodied energy" cost (price of energy required to get a product from its source).
Cost: $4 to $24 per square foot.
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