There is a lot of talk about sustainable forestry and responsible timber harvesting techniques, but how can you determine just how green wood flooring material is? Buying locally-sources varieties such as oak flooring can help lessen the environmental impact your new floors will have on the world. How? Glad you asked. Here are the top three ways locally-sourced products help you go green.
Buying from distributors and retailers that buy from local sources makes it easier to track the material’s chain of custody, or, the production process that takes the material from the forest to your floor. Domestic oak flooring has the benefit of being grown locally, making the chain of custody naturally easier to track.
A huge part of the environmental impact of any manufactured product is the amount of transportation that is required to distribute it. As you probably know, transportation is a major source of pollution, so choosing flooring that hasn’t shipped from half-way around the world is a smart ecological choice. And since transportation costs money, choosing a local manufacturer usually means a lower price as well.
Supporting the Local Economy
You’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating: Buying locally-grown, locally-produced products is a good way to pull the U.S. economy out of the state it is in. By choosing oak flooring material that comes from a local source, you not only help cut down the environmental impact, but you also boost the local economy.