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The green trend continues but not always easy to find your way in the jungle of floor and wall coverings to know if they are respectful of nature or not. Here is our selection on the floor and on the wall for a healthier and ultra decorative home.
Coconut, sisal or seagrass are braided vegetable fibers that do not all have the same qualities. Seagrass remains the easiest to maintain; sisal, on the other hand, is wary of stains and coconut with complex weaving, makes aspiration not always easy.
Not to be confused with PVC, lino is made, in particular, from linseed oil and natural powders. Out of fashion for a long time, it is coming back in force thanks to new patterns and new colors that allow very decorative combinations. Good to know: it comes in slabs or strips.
The ecological carpet
In tiles or in rolls, the carpet in undyed wool yarn offers ecological qualities. There are also carpets made from at least 70% recycled natural fibers. Presented in tiles, they are designed with 100% green electricity.
Bamboo is a grass that grows naturally. As soon as it is not varnished and the adhesives used comply with environmental standards, bamboo parquet is in line with ecological parquet. Good to know: it is easy to maintain and as resistant as an oak parquet.
The ecological wallpaper
Decorative and today easier to install thanks to the non-woven, the wallpaper can also be part of a logic of sustainable development. It then comes from fairly managed forests, recycled or chlorine-free. And of course the ink used is solvent-free.
Goodbye glycero paints, hello alkyd and acrylic paints, much less harmful to the environment. European standards oblige manufacturers to comply with strict VOC (volatile organic compound) release thresholds since January 1, 2007, which makes paints more ecological. And to reduce waste, the pots are made smaller. All this in increasingly rich color ranges, so why deprive yourself?
Tadelakt, natural coating
The tadelakt comes from Morocco. Made from a lime paste, it is then colored using natural pigments. Its smooth and soft rendering gives it great decorative qualities. Good to know: it is the black soap that is applied between each layer which gives the tadelakt its waterproof character.
Lime, an ecological material, today offers extremely varied decorative finishes. Several hundred shades are available, with smooth, matte, shiny or pointed renditions.
Newcomers to the market, the ecological paneling is made of bamboo or raw chestnut, and PEFC certified (Forest Certification Recognition Program). The natural finish is produced in the factory without VOCs.
And yes, coconut is today a coating for walls. It is made from coconut bark which are then agglomerated into 42x42 cm or 42x84 cm slabs. There are up to 37 models in tinted, polished or rustic finishes.