Vinyl Hardwood Flooring: This material is manufactured from petroleum, a non-renewable resource. The process of making vinyl hardwood also requires the consumption of a considerable amount of energy and produces several toxic byproducts. When first installed vinyl can also off-gas small amounts of Volatile Organic Chemicals into the interior air of the room.
Natural Hardwood: These materials come from living trees, harvested from various forests. While trees are naturally renewable, you do want to make sure that the hardwood you purchase comes from an environmentally responsible manufacturer. Hardwood can also be recycled and is biodegradable so that it will break down in the environment at the end of its life cycle.