Real Wood Floors: Environmental Impact is Minimal

    ST. LOUIS, April 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- If you are looking for
products for your home that will reduce your impact on the environment, look
no further than real wood floors.  Wood floors are a flooring option that has
little impact on the environment in terms of raw materials, and in terms of
the natural resources required to harvest the trees and manufacture the lumber
into a finished product.

    The National Wood Flooring Association conducted a life cycle analysis of
solid wood flooring, from its beginning as a seedling in the forest to
harvest, from harvest to manufacture, from manufacture to installation, and
from installation to end of life when the material was no longer useful as
flooring. The report found that of all flooring products available, wood
floors came from the only renewable raw material: trees.  In addition, the
process of manufacturing the lumber into flooring uses less water and energy
to produce than other flooring options.  In many cases, the waste material not
used in the final product is often recycled for other uses.  The water is
reused in boilers to help heat the manufacturing facilities, and the wood and
sawdust not used for the final product is often burned to provide energy for
the manufacturing process.  In other words, very little waste material ends up
in the landfill, and the minimal material that does find its way there is
totally biodegradable.

    To learn more about the environmental benefits of wood flooring, visit
the National Wood Flooring Association's web site at

    The NWFA is a not-for-profit trade organization of more than 3,900 wood
flooring professionals working worldwide to educate consumers, architects,
designers, and builders in the uses and benefits of wood flooring.  The NWFA
can be contacted at 111 Chesterfield Industrial Blvd., Chesterfield, MO 63005,
or at 800-422-4556 (USA), 800-848-8824 (Canada), or 636-519-9663 (local and


    Anita Howard
    Communications Director


For further information:

For further information: Anita Howard, Communications Director of the
National Wood Flooring Association, +1-636-519-9663 (local and international),
+1-800-422-4556 (USA), +1-800-848-8824 (Canada), Web Site:       

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