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Next-gen sustainable flooring materials to check out

From mushroom to bamboo charcoal, these innovative flooring materials offer excellent sustainable alternatives to the conventional options.

Our living room experiences more traffic than ever in our new normal domestic environment. Today’s living room is also expected to be flexible and multi-functional; it may host a different set of activities throughout the day. It could transform into a classroom, an office, a yoga studio, or a playroom depending on the time of day or the restriction imposed on us by the pandemic.

But throughout all these changes and shifts in functions, one thing remains: the floor material, which has also become one of the most important investments in your home. It needs to be durable, easy to maintain, and, taking into account the future of the planet: eco-friendly.

Here are some of the most innovative floor materials in the market today. Some are new and others are a new take on the old.

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    MYCELIUM

    What is mycelium, you ask? It is the filamentous structure that forms the base of a mushroom, which can be used as an adhesive that binds materials together, much like resin or glue, but more natural. It has emerged as one of the hottest new materials with research, exhibitions, and design start-ups dedicated to it, well, mushrooming worldwide.

    One of the most established mycelium-focused brands in the world is the Italian brand Mogu, which produces Mogu Floor, a collection of bio-based resilient tiles made with mycelium and agricultural waste such as corn crops, rice straw, coffee grounds, seaweed and clamshells. These ingredients provide natural pigments visible on the tile’s surface, providing a unique and eye-catching and distinctly tactile finish. It is 100 per cent plastic-free and biodegradable too.

This article was originally published in Home & Decor.

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