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GOING GREEN

Tifany Le

Kirstie Yoshikawa

Sage Canepa


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What is “Green”?

So what does it really mean?

  • The phrase “going green” does not mean a drastic lifestyle change.

  • It is making simple changes in life and adjusting over time.

  • Its meaning is a process of changing one's lifestyle for the safety and benefit of the environment.

  • To “go green” is to make responsible decisions – healthy for the environment, and healthy for you.

  • The goal is to protect the environment and preserve its natural resources for the present and the future.


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How can you “go green”?

  • People who "go green" make responsible decisions everyday in their daily life.

  • Consider what impact the outcome of those decisions may have on:

    • Global warming

    • Pollution

    • Loss of animal habitats

    • Other environmental concerns

  • 3 changes most people make in their life:

    • Sustainable living

    • Use eco-friendly products

    • Recycle and reuse as many products as possible


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Green Flooring

Wood

  • No flooring product has zero impact on our planet, but some materials are better than others.

  • You can’t notice it, but your floor affects your health.

  • Many carpet materials are toxic and cause indoor pollution in your home.

  • Eco-friendly flooring is durable, attractive, and less expensive than conventional floors and carpets.

  • It’s a responsible and effective way to enhance your home and make your life “greener.”

  • We are all aware of the environmental warnings that appear in the news almost daily.

  • We should do what we can every day to ensure that our planet and our homes are safe and healthful.

Cork

Bamboo


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Environmental Benefits

  • Bamboo flooring is an alternative to prevent over-deforestation of hardwood forests.

  • Bamboo has renewable growth – it can be harvested again and again from the same plant.

  • Bamboo can yield 20 times the amount of timber than trees can yield.

  • Bamboo generates great amounts of oxygen, leading to:

    • Improved watersheds

    • Fewer toxins

    • Reduced soil erosion

    • Cleaner air


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Environmental Benefits

  • Cork is considered a renewable and sustainable resource.

  • Only 50% of the cork bark is removed, the cork oak can thrive and regenerate while never being cut down.

  • Cork contains a naturally occurring substance called suberin that repels pests such as insects, mites and mold.

  • Only periodic vacuuming and damp mopping is required to maintain cork floors.


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Environmental Benefits

  • Cork is considered a renewable and sustainable resource.

  • Only 50% of the cork bark is removed, the cork oak can thrive and regenerate while never being cut down.

  • Cork contains a naturally occurring substance called suberin that repels pests such as insects, mites and mold.

  • Only periodic vacuuming and damp mopping is required to maintain cork floors.



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Bibliography

  • “Going Green.” Sustainable Living Resource Guide. 2008–2009.<http://www.thrall.org/special/goinggreen.html>.

  • “Doing Our Part to Go Green.” Pro Source Floor Coverings. 2010. <http://www.prosourcefloors.com/productknowledge/Pages/GreenInformation.aspx>

  • “Eight Reasons to Choose Green Flooring.” Green Floors. 2006-2009.http://www.greenfloors.com/

  • “Going Green With Your Flooring.” Floormall. 2005-2010.<http://www.floormall.com/green_flooring/>

  • “Bamboo Flooring Features and Benefits.” Fast Floors. 2010.<http://www.fastfloors.com/article_79/Bamboo-Flooring-Features-and-Benefits.htm>

  • “Bamboo Flooring 1 - Top Ten Benefits.” Do It Yourself. 2006. http://www.doityourself.com/stry/bamboofeaturebenefit


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Bibliography

  • “Environmental Benefits of Bamboo Flooring.” National Floors Direct. 2008.<http://www.888400floor.com/flooring-resources/environmental-bamboo-flooring.html>


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