4/14/2008 – Lewis Floor & Home Supports the “Going Green Movement” With Its Wide Selection of Products

LEWIS FLOOR & HOME SUPPORTS THE “GOING GREEN MOVEMENT” WITH ITS WIDE SELECTION OF PRODUCTS Most people remember when Kermit the Frog once noted, “It’s not easy being green.” Today, most Americans know it’s much easier being green–if they want to be. And, more people than ever before have joined the “being green” movement for their homes and businesses by purchasing flooring products that can be classified as eco-friendly. Lewis Floor & Home, formerly Lewis Carpet One, recently added an environmentally friendly area to its showroom to meet the needs of its customers concerned about the environment–but who also want to be in style. “Offering as many ‘green’ products in the showroom as possible is important to me,” says Steven Lewis, president, Lewis Floor & Home, a family-owned and operated 54-year-old business in Northbrook and Chicago. “There is nothing more important to me than conserving the environment for our children and grandchildren.” New products are entering the marketplace each year for homeowners and businesses alike that are environmentally considerate. Manufacturers are committed to creating products that are designed to stay out of landfills. At Lewis Floor & Home, consumers will find popular green products that include bamboo, cork, linoleum, recycled carpet, recyclable carpet, natural carpet, recycled glass tile and rubber flooring made of recycled rubber used for exercise rooms. Many people looking for flooring at Lewis Floor & Home are attracted to bamboo’s distinctive look. Unlike oak, hickory or maple flooring, bamboo isn’t a wood; it’s a grass. This engineered product comes in solid as well as engineered planks, which is made of several layers of wood and a top bamboo veneer. Because bamboo can be harvested approximately every three to five years versus 125 years for oak, consumers realize the environmental benefits this product provides. Consumers seeking another type of flooring are also purchasing linoleum, which is made from linseed oil and other natural materials as well as cork coming from the bark of Mediterranean oak trees. There are numerous other wood floors harvested from sustainable forests. “For consumers who prefer carpeting, we offer a natural wool carpet and pad from Earthweave carpet, recycled carpet from Mohawk that is made of recycled pop bottles and Sonora fiber that contains 40 percent corn by-products,” Lewis points out. “Clearly, there is no shortage of environmentally friendly products to show our customers who are interested in this category.” Regardless of how much shoppers want to be eco-friendly, all these products have to be affordable. The good news is prices tend to be comparable with traditional flooring.

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