Eco-Friendly Floors? What laminate flooring producers are doing to help the Environment? These days, we all want to do what we can to keep our homes polution free and the environment clean. We are talking and thinking “Green”. Although it may be difficult to imagine what wood and laminate companies could possibly do to reduce their impact on nature. You may be surprised but many flooring manufacturers have thought of creative and innovative ways of helping to keep our planet beautiful. Here are just a few of our favorites:
Reducing/ Recycling Waste: One of the biggest dangers to our environment is the waste we produce. Not only in terms of pollution, but in the fact that the more waste we create, the more resources we must use. One of the ways many laminate producers are combating this is to use the waste to create energy.
For example, at the Classen Group’s Thermal Recycling Plant, over 16,000 tons of wood waste, particles, and saw dust left over from the manufacturing process are used to produce around 13 million kw of electricity every year.
Other companies, Such as Pergo and the Swiss Krono Group(Kronotex , Kronopol, Kronoswiss) , have done the same- powering and heating their own factories with the waste produced.
At Mannington they know that everyone is talking green today. This family-owned manufacturer of laminate is powering their New Jersey facilities using two acres of solar panels! To reduce insect related products problems Mannington is taking innovative steps by using non-chemical solutions and like other leading producers they reuse solid waste for production. This is their motto: “…When it comes to the environment, we truly believe that we are changing the way our entire industry does business simply by doing the right thing, and doing things right. Because Actions Speak.”
Mohawkis producing laminate boards of 74 percent pre-consumer recycled content, and keeps 680 million pounds of material out of landfill. Mohawk is reusing one billion pounds of the wood waste in laminate flooring production and only renewable, fast growing pine is used. One billion pounds — that’s the weight of the wood waste reused by Mohawk in laminate board production.
Producing Re-Usable Floors:Laminate flooring is eco-friendly and reusable. It is easy to install and easy to take it into parts and reinstall it again. This makes laminate flooring a perfect reusable material. If for some reason your laminate floor is partially damaged you can “reuse” good laminate planks instead of throwing them away, or pass those materials on to others who could use them too! Remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!
Re-Forestation:Trees are unquestionably one of our planet’s most valuable resources. Rather than destroying thousands of acres of natural forests, most modern day companies dealing in wood products re-plant what they cut down. BKR Building Products, makers of the Diamond Living Flooring collections, has just one source for all the wood they use: a renewable plantation forest which is harvested every seven years. In addition to this, many laminate companies have drastically reduced the number of trees needed for production by using by-products of the timber industry- wood chips and sawdust. In fact, these things make up 80% of the contents in all Pergo flooring.
Non-polluting/ Long lasting:By their methods of reducing and recycling waste, these laminate manufacturers have greatly reduced air and water pollution in the vicinity of their plants. Another advantage of Pergo and other laminates is that they are totally combustible, and incinerate without any dangerous emissions. This makes disposing of old floors safe and easy- even though they’re built to last for generations. This durability also lends itself to helping the environment; the longer a floor lasts, the less raw materials have to be used to produce more.