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