Vinyl plank flooring is an ideal product for both kitchens and bathrooms where water and moisture are common. Many people choose to use it elsewhere as well since it's made to look like wood, but is considerably easier to install.
Bamboo floors are made from material that is obtained from various bamboos plants, most of which originate in Asia and China. Unlike trees, bamboo grows rapidly which is why it beats lumber hands down in terms of sustainability.
If you like the look of wood underfoot in your kitchen, there's the choice of either real wood or laminate flooring that has been made to look like wood. Some types of laminate flooring simply lock together, making it an ideal product for the home handyman to install.
Children and dogs love rolling in dirt and are notorious for tracking in mud and sand. When the weather is wet they won't usually give a second thought to the fact that precious flooring might be wrecked underfoot.
When we talk about carpets being eco-friendly, we generally mean that they are made using sustainable materials that do not harm the environment. This relates partly to the manufacture of carpeting, but also to lifespan.
For hardwood flooring to be genuinely "environmentally friendly" it must be harvested from sustainable forests. There are several organizations that certify wood and provide guidelines for sustainable forestry.
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