Skip to main content
Share this page:
Facebook Twitter Pinterest
Home / Education / Solutions / Environmental Commitments from Our Brands

Environmental Commitments from Our Brands

The flooring industry has numerous green initiatives and pledges to keep the earth and your home a happy and healthy place. 

Let’s take a look at some of these initiatives and what they represent. 

Sustainably Sourced Wood

Starting from the source, these green certifications ensure that hardwood flooring is sustainably sourced, maintaining a healthy harvest that doesn’t deplete over time and become rare or even extinct. 

  • NWFA Verified–The National Wood Flooring Association verifies that hardwood was responsibly harvested using sustainable forestry practices.

  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)–Another certification for responsibly harvested wood, the FSC verifies the manufacturing of flooring by special order and provides third-party certification.

  • Lacey Act–The Lacey Act regulates the import of both domestic and internationally-protected wood species. In doing so, it also prevents the spread of potentially invasive, non-native species.

  • AHMI (Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc.) Verified Sustainable–On a local level, Appalachian Hardwood Verified Sustainable ensures that lumber and products sourced from the region grow at 2.4 times the combined mortality and harvest rate.

Air Quality and VOCs 

Flooring as a whole undergoes a highly-involved production process. This means that harmful chemicals and VOCs (volatile organic compounds) can eventually make their way into our buildings. However, here is a list of certifications and compliances to look for in a flooring manufacturer to keep a healthy indoor air quality (IAQ) and limit your chemical exposure.  

  • FloorScore Certified–The highly recognized FloorScore® sets the standard for indoor air quality certification. It covers every material used, from adhesives to the flooring itself. 

  • CARB Compliant–The California Air Resources Board established this compliance along with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set the formaldehyde emissions standards for composite wood products. 

  • Certified Asthma and Allergy Friendly–This certification guarantees that any flooring and installation materials like adhesives are allergen-free. To obtain this certification, flooring manufacturers must meet several strict standards.

  • Phthalate Free–Phthalates are harmful compounds used in many products today to achieve a flexible material–but it is used specifically in vinyl flooring. Today, some manufacturers have gone “Phthalate Free” and are using plasticizer alternatives instead. They have also pledged to use phthalate-free recycled content.   

For an in-depth look at how our brands are making a difference today to protect future generations, review these manufacturer statements. Read more detail about industry regulations  in Environmental Certifications for Flooring.

Azalea Lane Flooring is a diverse mix of hardwood flooring sourced using certified responsible forestry management practices.
man with hiking pack reaching to touch large tree in forest
Palmetto Road sources products from two different manufacturers who adhere to the strict guidelines for health and environmental safety as determined by the U.S. government and California Air Resources Board (CARB). All Palmetto Road products are manufactured in facilities that have been certified by highly reputable independent Third-Party testing companies to meet CARB II standards for extremely low levels of formaldehyde emissions.
Learn more

Metroflor is focused on sustainability, recycled content, and green building.  Many products are manufactured from 100% pure virgin vinyl, coupled with non-phthalate plasticizers. Beyond its performance advantages, 100% virgin vinyl ensures the product’s purity for future recyclability.
Learn more

Beauflor USA is committed to American manufacturing and the production carbon footprint.  Beauflor vinyl floors are made of 100% recyclable material.  The new Georgia manufacturing facility exceeds U.S. energy efficiency standards, thanks to deliberate design decisions, including energy captures and heat exchangers for recycling energy and afterburners to purify the air of fumes.
Learn more

young girl sits on hardwood kitchen floor snack spilled on floor

Hearthwood supports sustainable forests and promotes healthy indoor air quality by using water-based or UV-based stains and topcoats that are third party certified as low-emitting materials.  Sawdust that is created as a byproduct is sold to companies that use it to encapsulate industrial hazardous waste, woodchips are run through an emission-free biomass boiler to power equipment in the plant, and other leftover materials have been used to create decorative art pieces. 
Learn more

small pieces of wood


Somerset Hardwood Flooring turns Appalachian hardwood lumber into fine residential flooring enjoyed in homes across America. All the sawdust generated is used to provide heat and steam to fuel manufacturing operations, or goes to supply the Somerset Wood Pellet fuel facility.  Somerset brand pellets are sold across the U.S. through major pellet distributors and retailers for use in pellet stoves.
Learn more

Credit:  Statements in this article are copied, in part, from the respective manufacturer websites.

All photo credits:  iStock
Twenty & Oak Experts

Twenty & Oak Experts are a team of flooring professionals with over 150 years of combined experience in the industry. They have hands-on experience with all flooring types and bring inside industry know-how to homeowners in the Southeast.

Learn More
Solutions

WPC vs. SPC: What You Need to Know About Water-Resistant Vinyl Plank Flooring

Explore these important options and then choose the color and design that fits your style. Read more