Trinkle Design is sensitive and committed to products that are friendly to the environment. We can help you design a space that is functional, comfortable and “green.”
For instance, we partner with a New England green product consulting firm, and we offer environmentally friendly interior products as recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council. UBGBC uses a Leed Rating System to measure a green product’s contribution to the environment.
We also participate in a “green” program that sends carpets back to manufacturers for recycling instead of to landfills for burial.
Some eco-friendly flooring options include:
Cork is derived from the outer bark of a tree. Cork is durable and provides acoustical and thermal insulation, cushions the foot and is resistant to moisture damage and decay. It is very easy to clean. It is harvested from trees in a sustainable manner, making it worthy of consideration in a green building.
Linoleum is made from renewable materials including solidified linseed oil, pine rosin, cord dust, wood flour and other materials such as calcium carbonate that occurs naturally in limestone and shells of marine creatures. The backing is usually burlap or canvas. It is 100% biodegradable and generally non-allergenic. While comparatively expensive, it typically can last between 30 and 40 years.
The most durable linoleum floors are inlays. The color goes all the way through to the back. Mineral pigments provide for rich colors.
Some manufactures apply a high performance coating to the surface to improve the floors ability to resist stains and scratches and to make cleaning easier. It is very important to look at samples after they have been exposed to light.
Yellowing will always dissipate when the floor is exposed to natural or artificial light.