TREATING WOOD WITH CARE
SAFELY STORING CO2
Trees are a renewable resource, and a valuable ally in the battle against climate change. This is because they absorb CO2 and keep it safely locked in. It remains there for the rest of their lives, even when the wood is used, for example, in a laminate floor. The CO2 is released when the wood is incinerated, which is why we avoid this for as long as possible, with a long-lasting floor and a lifelong warranty of up to 33 years.
MAKING USE OF RECOVERED WOOD
Trees are also an important habitat for animals and essential in stimulating biodiversity. Another reason why we choose wood by-products rather than harvesting new trees. We therefore use 100% recovered wood when producing the high-density wood fibreboard in the core of our laminate. This is wood waste collected from sawmills, forest management processes, roadside maintenance … that would otherwise end up as rubbish or in the incinerator.
Our laminate floors are certified by PEFC – the most trusted certificate in sustainable sourcing together with FSC. This label guarantees that our recovered wood is sourced from sustainably managed forests or a controlled environment, thus protecting primeval forests and preventing illegal logging with a risk analysis. We can therefore be confident that our wood sourcing does not lead to deforestation.
CLEAN AIR INDOORS
IN HOUSE, IN CONTROL
We spend a lot of our time indoors, so air quality at home is of vital importance. Many factors can influence air quality: ventilation, cleaning agents, candles, and even your furnishing materials and flooring. By producing your flooring in-house we know exactly which materials are involved and can easily control the emissions of harmful substances. We also make sure you can install your flooring without requiring any adhesive products.
MINIMAL VOC EMISSION
Our in-house production is also beneficial in managing and minimising the emission of VOCs – volatile organic compounds with a high vapour pressure at room temperature. Formaldehyde is one example of a VOC that can be found in flooring. The formaldehyde emission of our laminate flooring is negligible and 10 times lower than the EU restrictions, so there’s no risk at all for you or your family. As such, the emission of our floors is comparable to the emission of natural wood, which explains the M1 and A+ labels. For these labels, we managed to have the best class regarding low emissions.
GOING FOR GREEN ENERGY
POWERED BY OUR OWN HEAT
Wood waste that is no longer useful in the production of our laminate flooring is still put to good use to generate green energy. For example, the wood dust created when we saw and sand our boards may be too fine to be recycled, but it’s perfect as a heat source for our tumble dryers and presses. We are currently able to satisfy 70% of the heat requirements of our laminate and vinyl production with green energy.
EFFORTS THAT GO BEYOND
We don’t stop there. Unilin Group – as Pergo’s parent company – has already invested in two biomass plants to generate green energy from wood dust and non-recyclable wood waste. We use this energy to operate our own production processes – and the rest is made public. We also consume energy from windmills and solar panels. In doing so we can currently run about half of our group’s production on renewable energy.
TRAILBLAZER IN EUROPE
We were the very first manufacturer of laminate flooring products to be awarded the Nordic Swan label and the EU Ecolabel. Standards in the European Union are very strict and these labels are only given to products and services that achieve the highest environmental scores during their entire lifecycle.
To maximise our efforts and minimise the environmental impact of your laminate flooring, we use the lifecycle assessment (LCA) methodology. This helps us identify where improvements can be made in each product lifecycle. Results emerge in an environmental product declaration (EPD), which then serves as a valuable guide.