If you have decided to fit wood flooring in your home over other floor coverings, you have already made a sustainable and environmentally-responsible choice. This is because wood is a natural material derived from a renewable living source rather than being made in a factory using lots of chemicals and environmentally harmful processes.
However, wood for wood floors needs to be sourced responsibly or the global climate could be harmed. By making a special effort to only buy responsibly sourced wood floors, you are helping to:
• Reduce your carbon footprint by investing in a product that has a very long life
• Create a stable global climate
• Protect fragile forest eco-systems and preserve wildlife and native species
• Reduce the amount of environmentally harmful chemical pollutants that are emitted by other kinds of flooring material
• Reduce landfill problems by choosing a material that is recyclable
How to find responsibly sourced wood floors
Now that you know the importance of choosing sustainable floors, you now need to know where to find them. The key is to look for manufacturers whose products are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC). You should also look for brands you can trust, such as Elka, Havwoods, Bausen and V4 Wood Flooring to name but a few.