The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), the global gold standard for the certification of forests, recently certified FINOAK from Finfloor. The council promotes the socially beneficial, economically viable and environmentally friendly management of forests across the globe and is supported by Green Peace and WWF.

Sasha Kozinsky, Director, Finfloor SA, comments: “At Finfloor we care about the environment and the planet, and consider conservation of our forests and maintaining the rights of workers as top core values. This is why we have introduced FINOAK, an FSC certified natural wooden flooring range, to our product offerings. Buy with peace of mind knowing you are protecting our forests for future generations.”

The product is manufactured in three variants, each differing in core density: the HDF core, which has a 2mm thick European oak top-face over high density fibreboard; the multi-layer core, which has a 3mm European oak layer laminated to multiple layers of Eucalyptus (a fast growing tree); and the three-ply core, which has a 3mm and 4mm European oak top face laminated to a 3-ply pine core. Finfloor is able to reduce the environmental impact of this flooring product substantially by using 2 to 4mm of European oak top layer.

To maintain FINOAK wooden floors, the company advises keeping them grit free with a vacuum cleaner or soft brush, or by using a cloth dampened with water to lift dirt. Harsh chemicals aren’t needed for proper cleaning. Finfloor offers a variety of VOC (volatile organic compound) free cleaning and maintenance products to keep your floor looking great for years to come. Similar to other flooring products from Finfloor, this product is also 100% biodegradable and boasts a low-emission output to create a good (IAQ) Indoor Air Quality

Putting the spotlight on deforestation

Deforestation is the second largest human-caused source of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, ranging between 6 and 17 percent. Besides carbon emissions released into the atmosphere by burning or decomposing wood, water vapour, also regarded as a greenhouse gas, is released into the atmosphere and has a direct impact on climate change. The world’s forests currently store approximately 283 billion tons of carbon in their biomass. When forests are cut down, carbon is released into the atmosphere in the form of carbon dioxide.

The FSC was established in 1994 after the Earth Summit failed to address the ongoing threat of deforestation. The FSC Certification was developed to help consumers identify products from sustainably managed forests. The FSC sets a high standard of certification which offers a credible stamp for people buying wood products.

For more information, contact Finfloor on +27 (86) 034 6356 or via www.finfloor.co.za.