Eco living comes of age Sustainable living with laminate flooring
9 July 2012
Healthy, sustainable living: consumer expectations of the homes they live in have changed a lot in recent years. With its environmental credentials and many other benefits, laminate flooring is the first choice for eco-conscious consumers. Striking in its natural look, this type of flooring is also excellent value for money.
But what is it that makes laminate flooring so sustainable? Is it the production method, the materials, the packaging? The materials used to make laminate flooring should have a minimal impact on global resources and energy consumption for production and logistics has to be low. The product is made exclusively from either wood sourced from sustainably managed domestic forests or recycled material from the timber industry. Decorative finishes are printed on certified paper with a high proportion of recycled material and natural water-based inks. Eco-friendly resins are used as the binder.
Focus on healthy living
Healthy living is a major trend. Laminate flooring manufactured in Europe is low-emission and far outperforms legal limits. With their sealed surface, regularly cleaned floors are ideal for allergy sufferers and help to create a healthier climate indoors.
As well as being kind to the environment, sustainable products also come with a guarantee of social responsibility on the part of the manufacturers. This includes working with local firms, offering adequate pay, complying with health and safety standards, avoiding the use of child labour, and much more besides. More and more consumers are concerned about these issues and European laminate flooring manufacturers are proud to uphold high standards.
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