Beauty in a Plank: FSC-Certified, Reclaimed Wood Floors from Carlisle

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Every time I walk into our apartment, I silently curse the builders who decided that carpet was the most cost-effective flooring method. Once it gets dirty, it is almost impossible to get it completely clean again, and I don’t even want to think about what allergens or bacteria are lurking in it. I hate our carpet so much that I never let my daughter sit on the floor unless she’s on a blanket, sheet or towel. Anal, perhaps, but I know that when we finally buy our first home, hardwood flooring will be an absolute must. But not just any hardwood. If it is a newer home or we have to install the flooring ourselves, it has to be sustainable hardwood. When I discovered Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, I knew I had found something special.

All of their floors are either made of FSC-certified reclaimed wood or from mom and pop tree farmers in the U.S. By doing this, they help sustain family businesses that have been around for generations but are threatened by larger, corporate farms. The beauty of this is when a customer makes an order, the farmers select specific trees to meet the order requirements, and all trees are replanted. These small farmers also keep a record of every order, including the soil type the tree came from. This means that if a customer wants to replicate their flooring or continue it throughout their home, they can get the exact same type of wood again.

It almost goes without saying that these floors are gorgeous, but I can really fall in love with a company that not only offers wood products that are FSC-certified, but that is committed to supporting small, independent farmers.

Why It’s Green:

  • Antique flooring made from reclaimed, FSC-certified wood
  • Virgin wood comes exclusively from small, independent farmers in the U.S. rather than corporate farms
  • Flooring planks handcrafted by skilled artisans in New England

Price: Ranges from $6.85-$23.35/square foot. To order, call 1-800-595-9663 to speak with a Carlisle Sales Representative and receive samples, or visit a showroom or design center in your area.

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  • MelissaG September 23, 2010, 8:24 pm

    I was searching “no sew curtains” (I originally saw them on the YHL site too but was looking for more instructions!) and your site came up. Just have to say your site is BEAUTIFUL! Neat to have stumbled upon it….I will be poking around at all your ideas soon. Thanks!

    • jennae September 24, 2010, 5:41 am

      Thanks Melissa! I really appreciate your stopping by!

      The new-sew curtain idea from YHL is one I’ve used quite a few times and adapted to make some hidden tab panels as well (rather than just handing them with clips). I hope you find some ideas you can use!

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