Archive for December, 2010

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Top 5 Green-Certified Hardwoods

December 15, 2010

You love the look of cherry or oak flooring, but how can you be sure that the material you’ve chosen isn’t harming the environment? Luckily, there are certain certifications that wood flooring materials can receive to prove that they have been grown, harvested and distributed in eco-friendly ways.

The Forest Stewardship Council, along with third-party conservation organizations and local governments, help ensure the sustainability of many types of wood species. The following are the top five “green-certified” wood flooring materials. Go Earth!

Brazilian Cherry
Also known as Jatoba, Brazilian Cherry features reddish-brown heartwood and dark black striping. It is also one of the most durable exotic hardwoods available, featuring a hardness rating that is hard to beat.

Smoked Oak Flooring

Buying FSC-certified flooring materials helps support sustainable harvesting practices in the timber industry.

Red Oak
Red Oak flooring has been an American flooring standard for years. The reddish-brown heartwood, white overtones and light, tight grain combine to make a flooring material that looks great in any room.

Tigerwood
Tigerwood is a very popular, very distinctive exotic hardwood. It features dark red tones and wild black striping, giving the wood an exciting, dynamic appearance.

White Oak
Another popular domestic, White Oak flooring comes in a variety of colors and features light tones, sharp lines and a pale brown heartwood.

Angelim Pedra
Native to Brazil, Angelim Pedra flooring features yellow-brown tones and an interlocked, criss-cross grain pattern that gives the wood an exotic appearance.

Remember, buying FSC-certified, green flooring materials helps ensure timber is harvested with sustainability and the environment in mind.

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Oak Flooring: Why Buying Local Can Help Save the Economy and the Environment

December 10, 2010

There is a lot of talk about sustainable forestry and responsible timber harvesting techniques, but how can you determine just how green wood flooring material is? Buying locally-sources varieties such as oak flooring can help lessen the environmental impact your new floors will have on the world. How? Glad you asked. Here are the top three ways locally-sourced products help you go green.

White Oak Flooring

Purchasing locally-sourced oak flooring is good for the environment as well as the economy.

Local Sources
Buying from distributors and retailers that buy from local sources makes it easier to track the material’s chain of custody, or, the production process that takes the material from the forest to your floor. Domestic oak flooring has the benefit of being grown locally, making the chain of custody naturally easier to track.

Transportation Costs
A huge part of the environmental impact of any manufactured product is the amount of transportation that is required to distribute it. As you probably know, transportation is a major source of pollution, so choosing flooring that hasn’t shipped from half-way around the world is a smart ecological choice. And since transportation costs money, choosing a local manufacturer usually means a lower price as well.

Supporting the Local Economy
You’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating: Buying locally-grown, locally-produced products is a good way to pull the U.S. economy out of the state it is in. By choosing oak flooring material that comes from a local source, you not only help cut down the environmental impact, but you also boost the local economy.

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