When considering eco-friendly flooring, sustainability is an important factor. Then again, so is indoor air quality.  During my search, I was pleased to find so many sustainable products that are also good for people with environmental allergies.  Here is a list of some Formaldehyde free flooring I found unique and interesting.

Smith & Fong’s Duraplam Flooring is made out of 100% Palm.  It’s available pre-finished and unfinished and is formaldehyde free.  It comes in five beautiful colors and has a unique grain pattern.  The Palm flooring is 5/8″ thick and come in 3″ wide planks and random lengths.  Smith & Fong also has a line of bamboo that is formaldehyde free as well.

EcoTimber’s Hand-Scraped Flooring is an engineered 5-ply, kiln-dried, tongue and groove flooring.  That is made with a formaldehyde-free adhesive.  It is 1/2″ thick and 5″ wide and random lengths 12″-42″.  My favorite part about this flooring is that it is actually hand scraped, by hand, not by machine.  I like the Pecan in Fire Fly.  But there are 3 other colors to choose from.


DuroDesign Cork Flooring is a 100% renewable resource.  Cork is harvested as bark from living trees.  The flooring is made of 100% post-industrial recycled content from wine-stopper production.  DuroDesign’s flooring is 100% free of PVC’s and formaldehyde.  It comes in two types of cork flooring: Planks and Tiles.  They both come in over 50 colors and 6 patterns.  The planks install much like a floating laminate floor and offer a quick installation.  While the tiles are much more like installing traditional vinyl and requires more attention to the subfloor.

Cali Bamboo is made out of 5-7 year old moso bamboo.  They have 3 different series all of which are formaldehyde free.  If you are looking for a unique bamboo flooring check out the Fossilized series.  As you know, all bamboo’s are not created equally.  Cali Bamboo’s flooring boast a rating of 3000 on the Janka hardness scale.  This comes from the age of the bamboo when harvested and the finish they use.

All four of these companies flooring are formaldehyde free and unique.  Price wise they start at around $4.50 a square foot and go up.  They are by no means at the value price point, but are still in the reasonable price range.  Especially when you consider you get what you pay for.  These are great eco-friendly formaldehyde free  floors that you won’t regret in the long run.

Written by Amanda Hartley

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I hope you don’t mind me making a suggestion, but no formaldehyde free flooring list is complete without mentioning Staybull flooring. They are the only flooring company making green flooring out of the solid hardwood strips that all these wasteful flooring and lumber companies throw away. I was EXTREMELY skeptical of how it would look, but I have to say that even my personal interior designer was impressed. I have a rustic aesthetic in my home, but if, like my friend wants me to, swtich over to a modern, or transitional design, she said that I would have no choice but to use Staybull’s line of eco-flooring. I’m a tree hugging mom too, so i would have no problem following her advice…now if i can only get my husband to agree! LOL!

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