If one of your New Year's resolutions is making more of an effort to be green, then maybe it's time to start checking out green floors for your home. Most flooring manufacturers have taken great strides in producing more environmentally friendly floors. That includes using more sustainable, renewable resources and changing a variety of manufacturing techniques.
One type of floor that has immensely grown in popularity is bamboo. It grows incredibly fast (up to 125 ft in only a few years) and it's also harder than red oak flooring. Some would argue that it's better-looking, but this is a matter of personal taste. If you've been considering a wood floor, you owe it to yourself to take a look at bamboo flooring before you make your final decision.
Another step off the beaten path is cork flooring. Cork floors are made from the bark that's been harvested from a cork tree, so the tree itself is never cut down and continues its natural life cycle.