All flooring solutions at Di’s Floor Centre have a green certification, as well as low or no VOC emissions. We also offer hypoallergenic and all-natural flooring products for customers who experience allergies or chemical sensitivities.
Di’s Floor Centre purchases hardwood from responsible wood suppliers. We also partner with manufacturers, such as Shaw, that use recycling programs to eliminate waste in their production processes.
What is “Green Flooring?”
Green Flooring is any flooring solution that is eco-friendly, contains recycled content, is recyclable, easily sustainable and leaves a small carbon footprint or has low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). When referring to this area of flooring products, there are varying degrees of “green.”
Bamboo is a rapidly renewing resource that matures in as little as three years. It regenerates without the need for replanting and requires minimal fertilization or pesticides. Currently, there is no Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified bamboo, so it’s important to ask your Di’s flooring specialist about the particular bamboo product you are considering before making a purchase.
According to the Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), the carpet industry is minimizing carpet’s impact on the environment through the “reduce, reuse and recycle” motto. Once it has reached the end of its lengthy lifespan, old carpet is reused to make new carpet, or it is recycled into a variety of products ranging from roofing shingles and railroad ties to automotive parts!
To determine if a carpet is in fact “green”, analyze the carpet fibers, toxic content, dye, VOC emissions, and recycled content. The Green Label Plus from the CRI ensures that customers are purchasing among the lowest emitting carpet, adhesive, and cushion products on the market.
The CRI has established the Green Label Plus Program to test for VOCs in cushion used under carpet. This program helps you choose low-emission cushion. You can identify these products by looking for the program’s green and white seal. These products are continuously monitored to ensure that they maintain compliance.
Cork is a unique flooring solution, as it is harvested from only the bark of a tree! The tree used has to reach 60 centimeters in circumference before it can be harvested. Cork may not be harvested until it reaches the age of 25.
Beginning in the 1930s, a special “nine-year law” was passed to keep cork from being harvested any sooner than nine years after its last harvest. The tree is not destroyed or damaged when harvesting cork. To keep your cork flooring fully sustainable and completely green, we recommend using water-based finishes and adhesives to install it.
Hardwood flooring is a natural, renewable and recyclable resource that complements sustainable and all-natural lifestyles.
The natural raw materials used to create Linoleum are available in abundance: linseed oil, rosin, wood flour, cork dust, ecologically responsible pigments, and jute. These raw materials are harvested or extracted with relatively little energy consumption.
The main energy source for the process of linoleum production is the sun. The plants and trees that supply linoleum’s raw materials also contribute to the production of oxygen, and the subsequent reduction of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, thus reducing greenhouse gases.
Linoleum (and Marmoleum) can be recycled, and it may even be safely added to landfill refuse sites where natural decomposition takes place. Linoleum is fully biodegradable and does not release harmful substances or gases such as chlorine and dioxins.
This recyclable natural product has an enduring life cycle and therefore does not have to be replaced. Quarries and stone manufacturers use best practices to eliminate production waste and pollution.
The Floor Score Program was developed in conjunction with Scientific Certification Systems (SCS). This certification system is designed specifically to ensure that hard surface flooring and flooring adhesives meet California’s VOC requirements. Floor Score certification requires independent testing and verification by SCS.
The Carpet and Rug Institute offers certification through the Green Label Plus Program of carpeting products (e.g. carpet, adhesives and cushions) that are low emitting. A carpet manufacturer may use the Green Label seal if the product is independently tested and the test results do not exceed the CRI’s emission criteria.
The FSC logo guarantees that wood bearing this logo comes from a certified well-managed forest. FSC Certified wood is available across the world from a variety of mills, manufacturers, and distributors.
LEED for homes is a green home rating system for ensuring that homes are designed and built to be energy and resource efficient, as well as healthy for occupants.
This standard provides criteria for assessing the environmental impact of the design, construction and renovation of residential buildings. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the standard will reflect regional characteristics where possible.
The SMaRT Standard was developed by the Institute for Market Transformation to Sustainability (MTS). MTS represents a coalition of manufacturers, environmental groups, and state and local government leaders. The SMaRT Standard identifies flooring materials and products that achieve a variety of specified performance-based sustainability criteria.
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) program is based on the premise that responsible environmental behavior and sound business decisions can co-exist. SFI program participants practice sustainable forestry on all the lands they manage. They also influence millions of additional acres through the training of loggers and foresters in management best-practices and landowner outreach programs.