Sustainability is the absolute rational and efficient administration of resources so that it is possible to improve today’s society’s welfare without compromising the quality of life of future generations. One of Mexico’s main challenges in sustainable development is to include the environment as one of the elements of competitiveness and economic and social development. The link between sustainable development, environmental protection, and international trade is very close. The preservation of the ecology and scientific advances has become some of the international community members’ priorities.
Technological advances may solve some problems in the short term but may lead to more significant issues in a long time. On the other hand, technological development can lead to substantial population segments’ marginalization due to poor planning. There’s not infinite economic growth in a world of finite resources, but technical development can improve the load of existing new ones, i.e., do more with the same.
This is why everyday companies are focusing on creating good environmental and social practices to be socially responsible. One of the aspects that the construction and decoration industry requires to be more environmentally friendly lies in having reliable suppliers, companies that know and respect the needs that sustainability is demanding, and offer quality products with low environmental impact.
On the consumer side, one way to collaborate with the environment and keep the aesthetics of your home or office elegant and contemporary is choosing sustainable materials for its construction and decoration; one of the best examples can be found in the variety of sustainable flooring materials here you will find some of the most common.
Sustainable materials are made of materials that seek to reduce the impact on the environment in extraction, manufacture, use, and final disposal; they have a low environmental impact. During their useful life, they do not compromise the quality of life of living beings in contact with them.
A floor is sustainable when there is infinite availability of the number of materials with which it is made and environmentally friendly.
Some of the most common examples of sustainable flooring are:
- Cork flooring is usually derived from the regenerative bark of the cork oak tree. This is an attractive and resistant alternative and is hypoallergenic. It can be found in a wide variety of colors, requires little maintenance, is warm to the touch, and is also slip-resistant.
- Rubber tiles are usually made from recycled rubber or come from sustainable harvests. No toxic agents are generated during their production, and they incorporate a high content of recycled material. Among its advantages is that it has extreme durability. It is also extraordinary in its resistance to wear and tear, making it have an extremely long life cycle compared to other materials. They are easy and economical to clean, anti-slip, resistant to cigarette burns and fire, and excellent acoustic insulators.
- Another option is bamboo; contrary to what people commonly think, bamboo is not wood but a plant with hollow, gnarled stems and infrequent flowering, which adapt well to an extreme tropical climate as constant temperature changes and high humidity. Bamboo flooring is as durable as wood flooring, so much so that it is considered the ecological future as it contributes directly to preserving forests and combating indiscriminate deforestation. Today bamboo is considered the greenest and most convenient alternative for flooring. It is highly durable, is suitable for spaces such as the bathroom or kitchen, helps the environment, and has a spectacular aesthetic.