MARQUETTE - Cork and bamboo flooring, recycled carpet and energy efficient blinds. There is one place in Marquette where all these items can be found: Mathew's Floor Fashions on Washington Street.
"What the carpet industry has done, they started making products from recycled materials and made their products 100 percent recyclable," said Mike Golisek, showroom manager. "The fact that they are making them more and more recyclable keeps a lot of waste out of the landfill. The carpet industry has great recycling facilities in place. They're taking steps."
Since the carpet and flooring industries have begun offering more environmentally friendly products, Mathew's Floor Fashions has joined the cause, and they now offer a variety of products that are eco-friendly.
Mike Golisek, showroom manager of Mathew’s Floor Fashions of Marquette, displays carpet samples at the store recently. The business offers a wide variety of environmentally-friendly products. (Journal photo by Miriam Moeller)
Golisek said carpets are made with type 6 nylon that can be recycled into new carpeting. Padding is also made, so it can be reused.
"Some of the other products that are green is 'real linoleum'," he said. "It's made out of all organic materials."
The store also offers cork flooring, which is eco-friendly because it is harvested from trees that do not have to be taken down.
"What the carpet industry has done (is) they started making products from recycled materials and made their products 100 percent recyclable. The fact that they are making them more and more recyclable keeps a lot of waste out of the landfill. The carpet industry has great recycling facilities in place. They're taking steps."
- Mike Golisek, showroom manager, Mathew's Floor Fashions
"Bamboo is basically grass, and it grows like grass," Golisek said. "It's very renewable."
The negative aspect about bamboo is that it is grown and harvested in China. Therefore, transportation does not contribute to a more "green" footprint. "You still have to ship it over here," he said
However, in general, Golisek said, the goal for Mathew's Floor Fashions and the industries is to "lessen our footprint and to use less new material."
Another product that is more renewable than others is called Lytus - a man-made wood Eucalyptus hybrid, grown specifically to use in flooring.
"The big thing is the tree reaches 120 feet in 12 to 15 years," Golisek said. Ceramic and porcelain tiles are also carrying a lot more recyclable materials nowadays.
"It's not a very small impact right now, but at least they're making an effort," Golisek said.
Window blinds are also more advanced these days, Golisek said, with them being more energy-efficient, meaning they prevent heat loss more than traditional window shades.
"There are also some tax credits that are coming out for usage of these window blinds," Golisek said.
In addition to Mathew's Floor Fashions' products, the company also recycles everything they can.
For more information go to www.mathewsfloorfasions.com or call 228-9311.
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