Cork has long been a green building staple: The material is sustainably harvested from cork oak trees every nine years. Expanko
goes the extra eco-friendly mile by using 80% to 100% post-consumer waste generated from wine stoppers and other cork production. Since cork floor tiles are 80% air, they can recover dimension after impact, serve as sound insulation, and provide shock absorption while still being durable enough for everyday use. Add the fact that this coated veneer doesn't easily stain, is hypoallergenic, and offers slip-resistance, and you've got a great flooring option for kid- and elder-friendly designs. Spinato (shown here) and Pesca are first in a series of handmade Italian veneers that bring a fresh, new aesthetic to cork flooring. Each tile measures 12 inches square.
About $9- $10 per square foot; Expanko