Environmental Certifications for Flooring
You are committed to making purchases for your home that are environmentally responsible and provide a safe and healthy environment for your family. We share that commitment and dedication at Twenty & Oak. We select products that carry certifications to ensure the safety of families, and that production or harvesting practices are safe for the environment.
We are proud to list the various certifications and affiliations of our brands, along with links to their certifying agencies. Read more about the specific environmental initiatives of Twenty and Oak Brands in Environmental Commitments from Our Brands
Formaldehyde emissions standards for composite wood products are established by the EPA in conjunction with the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
Floor Score Certified
FloorScore® is the most recognized indoor air quality (IAQ) certification standard for hard surface flooring materials, adhesives, and underlayments. It was developed by SCS with the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), and SCS is the exclusive certification body.
Phthalates are compounds used to achieve flexibility in plastic products. Vinyl flooring manufacturers stating their products are “Phthalate Free” have found safer non-phthalate plasticizer alternatives for production, and are pledging that any recycled content is also free of harmful phthalates. This page on Metroflor’s website efficiently explains phthalate plasticizers.
The National Wood Flooring Association verifies that hardwood has been harvested with a chain of custody from responsibly managed, sustainable forestry practices.
AHMI Verified Sustainable
Appalachian Hardwood Verified Sustainable assures consumers that lumber and products sourced from the region are growing 2.4 times the rate of harvest and mortality combined. This is based on US Forest Service Forest Inventory Analysis.
Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council certifies Chain of Custody and verifies the manufacturing of FSC®-certified flooring by special order. FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) provides third-party certification confirming that materials used are harvested from well-managed forests.
The Lacey Act regulates the import of any species protected by international or domestic law and prevents the spread of invasive, or non-native, species.
Greenguard is a voluntary third-party program that test for chemicals and Volatile Organic Compounds in households products including flooring and furniture. Products that have achieved Greenguard Certification are scientifically proven to meet some of the world’s most rigorous third-party chemical emissions standards, helping to reduce indoor air pollution and the risk of chemical exposure. There are both Greenguard and Greenguard GOLD certifications.
This cerification applies to WPC or SPC flooring construction and tests for indoor air quality, rigorous performance, and low heavy metals & ortho-phthalates content.
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