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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>