Most of us agree that cork flooring is beautiful, but is it an environmentally friendly option? According to this article from Mother Earth News, it is with a caveat. Cork flooring is made from tree bark, harvested every nine years. The harvesting does not harm the tree and the forests are prized by generations of families. The downside is the material comes from Europe and the long-distance shipping could potentially offset the environmental benefits. In purely practical terms, cork flooring is waterproof as well as mildew-, mold- and flame-resistant. So, should you go with cork? To make an informed decision, read the full four-page article. It’s a worthy read.

Credit: Mother Earth News article