Outer East Portland business shows eco-friendly flooring alternatives

Here’s a look at how homeowners can beautify their homes, and do it with a minimal environmental impacts …

Annette Leoni-Itler shows off durable, ceramic travertine tiles – one of the many eco-friendly flooring materials available at Classique Floors in outer Southeast Portland.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton
It seems that everyone wants to decrease their “environmental footprint” these days. But, when budgets are tight, they find it difficult to balance their eco-friendly desires with their pocketbook when it comes to home remodeling.

“Today we are having seminars on environmentally-friendly flooring materials,” said Classique Floor’s Annette Leoni-Itler at the May 15 event. “We hold these sessions so people the community are aware that these ecologically-friendly materials are available to them.”

Many the materials now used in flooring, like bamboo and cork, come from renewable sources, Leoni-Itler commented. “These plants can live and keep producing more materials for hundreds of years. Wool carpeting comes from sheep – definitely a renewable resource.”

But, when checking out flooring, she added that consumers should also consider how it will be disposed at the end of its lifecycle. Some of the newer products are formulated to biodegrade, when disposed of properly.

Judith Adams, of Markle and Associates, tells attendees how to best choose and use wool, bamboo, and hardwood flooring.

One of the speakers, Judith Adams, told those attending the seminar that they should be aware that some flooring materials can adversely affect health.

“It’s good to be ‘green’,” Adams said. “But also consider the health of your family. So many allergies being diagnosed are of sensitivity to man-made materials. Choosing your products carefully can really diminish those kinds of problems.”

You can learn more about the wide variety of ecologically positive kinds of flooring at Classique Floors, 14127 SE Stark Street. For more information, see their website: CLICK HERE.

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