Ambient Bamboo Floors has been selling high-quality bamboo floors for over 25 years. If you’ve had any experience with bamboo flooring you will know that its durability depends on many factors. I have spoken with a few people who’ve installed it believing they were choosing a well-priced environmentally friendly product. Within five years, however, they had to tear up that floor and put in a completely new one due to wear beyond repair. How environmentally friendly is a floor that needs to be replaced after five years? The old adage remains true: you get what you pay for. If you cut down on price, it usually means quality is lowered as well.
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This is a guest post by Candace Hubbard.
First let’s start with an explanation of exactly what “green cleaning” is. To put it simply, it is the cleaning of carpets, upholstery or tile using the same certified ways that carpet cleaners always do, but using “green” chemicals instead of other potentially harmful chemicals. These are biodegradable, non-toxic and a whole lot safer for you and your family’s carpet cleaning care. Here are some ideas of how carpet cleaners take care of your carpet and tile using green friendly products.
What Can Be “Green” Cleaned?
You can have your carpet, upholstery, tile and grout, marble, granite and other stone green cleaned without any problems. The company you choose should follow these methods for your carpet cleaning care:
- Use a pre-cleaner treatment to help loosen dirt and ground in stains.
- Your furniture, sofas, chairs can all be cleaned using green products that don’t pollute the environment. Just be sure that your carpet cleaner uses certified green cleaners before tackling these items or your carpet. They will all come out just as clean as if you used one of the more popular, or less environmentally friendly brands of cleaner.
- Even the dirtiest tile on your floor can be cleaned to look shiny brand new by using products safe for the environment, so don’t worry that these products aren’t up to the job.
If you suffer from allergies you might think that you need to use a special product that might not be totally kind to the environment, but this isn’t true. Your carpet and tile etc, can be treated with hypo-allergenic products that do no harm whatsoever to the environment.
- Be sure that your carpet/tile cleaning service is using a product that is guaranteed by the maker to be hypo-allergenic yet green.
Treating Your Tile
You don’t need to hire the carpet cleaning kings to blast the grease, grime and dirt out of your tile in an environmentally safe way. Sometimes smaller companies are greener than the larger ones. They may also be willing to work more and try harder to meet your needs.
- The company you choose should not use any acids, or harmful chemicals or even scouring brushes. And a powerful steam cleaner should be used on your tile and grout. It’s also a good idea to have your grout sealed after it is cleaned and there plenty of green products available to do that.
It really doesn’t take much energy or expense to keep your carpet and tile clean and green safe. It doesn’t require the services of large companies who advertise themselves as thecarpet cleaning kings. You just have to search for the companies who care enough to try and protect the environment. If a company is dedicated to this then they will have the products and skills you need. As long as you do your part in seeking them out, these companies should be able to give you the service you expect.
Candace Hubbard is a freelance writer who has done interviews with companies like carpetcleaningkings.com.au and other companies responsible for tile and carpet cleaning care. She has researched the topic of green cleaning and written about it extensively.
Well, five months after my deadline, my kitchen is finished. I’ve promised my friend Nancy Peterson, CEO of Homestars.com, that I will write a post for her called “Why I will never be my own general contractor again”. Let’s just say it was an eye opening experience. This post, however, is not about the mistakes I made (and there were plenty!), it’s about whether or not I achieved my green kitchen goals.
I would say that I accomplished some green goals but failed miserably in others, in particular with indoor air quality. For many of you, this will be the one area where you will probably not want to compromise. I, on the other hand, seem to be willing to sacrifice mine and my family’s health for the sake of aesthetics, and in some cases, durability.
In keeping with my theme of writing about products made from waste material, I was contacted by a company called Green Stone Granite, based in Guelph, Ontario. Green Stone Granite is a new enterprise that takes leftover granite from building jobs and turns it into new products. Dana Laferriere, my contact at Green Stone explained to me that after counters or flooring or tiles have been made from granite, the off-cuts are usually sent to landfill. According to Green Stone’s estimate, 30-40% of granite is “waste”, as in off-cuts and scrap, and is sent directly to landfill. Green Stone has asked local granite manufacturers (Guelph and surrounding area) to send their scraps to them instead of landfill.
Green Stone Granite’s goal is to become a zero waste facility. Dana said,
We need to get our name out there to educate the public that there are different uses for granite, and now the option for recycled granite. Once we do that and our business grows, we will be able to put the money into achieving a zero waste facility. Currently we are able to re-purpose on average 70% of the granite that comes to our facility. Our goals for the future is to start producing landscaping material with the remainder including aggregate which would bring that to 100%.
Their most popular product is the split stone. It is rough, like any natural stone in its finished form. The split stone has many applications from kitchen backsplashes, fireplace surrounds to outdoor uses such as pavers and for outdoor kitchens. They also create cutting boards/cheese trays and are in the process of developing granite ice cubes (whiskey stones).
Cost: The cost is comparable to a marble or glass backsplash.
Delivery: They are able to deliver the product to the Toronto area, and are currently speaking with eco building stores about carrying it directly in Toronto.
Installation: Installation is similar to installing traditional tile, however the stones are dry stacked so no grout is required. The benefit to our product is every project is unique and there are endless possibilities of colour combinations.
For more information on Green Stone Granite, visit their website.
I’ve written about Aspera Recycling before. They already work with a few municipalities and retailers in Ontario to keep old carpet out of landfill. For those who live in the Maritimes, here is some good news about how to get rid of your old carpet!
HALIFAX – During the Carpet Recycling Summit in Halifax last week, Aspera Recycling Inc., the leader in postconsumer
and post-industrial carpet recycling in Canada, announced the opening of Aspera Atlantic a division that
will service the Maritime region. The Ontario based company has partnered with Greentree Resources of Halifax
NS to open a collection and sorting facility, the first of its kind in the Maritime Provinces.
It is estimated that Nova Scotians discard between 6800-7900 tons of waste carpet each year. Currently, there is no
other facility in Atlantic Canada that accepts used carpet for recycling. By working closely with leading carpet
manufactures and retailers, Aspera Atlantic will be able to reach its goals of diverting carpet from landfills and
maximizing the utilization of the recycled components.
“Carpet is made of plastic and putting it into landfills where it will sit for centuries to come is just not a sustainable
solution” says Richard White, President of Aspera Recycling. “The RRFB and the Nova Scotia government
recognize not only the environmental impact of this practice but the loss of non-renewable resources. We are
delighted about our partnership with Greentree to launch the diversion and recycling business in the region to help
solve this problem.”
Aspera Atlantic will collect, sort and prepare the carpet for processing. Paul Behner, President of Greentree
Resources said “We are very pleased to partner with Aspera and provide a solution to the Atlantic Region.” In 2008,
Behner was recognized by the Eco-Efficiency Centre for Environmental Excellence in Business for his work in civil
construction. “I am passionate about recycling; I see a world where all materials can be recycled with a goal to create
net positive impact on the environment.”
About Aspera Recycling
Aspera Recycling was founded in March of 2011 as a pro-active response to meet growing demand for waste
diversion and the recycling of post consumer used carpet. Having established a Canada wide collection network,
Aspera is the first national waste carpet diversion and recycling company with collection and sorting facilities in
Vancouver and processing facilities in Toronto.
About Greentree Resources
Greentree Resources, located at 933 Cobequid Road, Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia is an eco-station development
with a long standing history of recycling.
::via Aspera Recycling