The average home in America requires more than 2,000 square feet of flooring and many of our go-to choices in materials have disastrous effects on the environment. Wood that isn’t responsibly sourced is causing massive deforestation in Central America and Africa, mostly due to demand from China and the United States. Vinyl, a popular cheap flooring alternative, has a high carbon footprint and isn’t recyclable. It also has a shor lifespan than higher quality flooring materials, which means it’ll end up in a landfill when it inevitably needs to be torn up and replaced. Thankfully, builders are responding to consumer demand for greener flooring options and have begun to make alternatives more widely available. Linoleum, Reclaimed wood, Recycled tile. Cork, Bamboo, Recycled rubber, and Stained concrete are just a few environmentally friendly flooring materials to consider.