Real Wood Floors: Wood Floors are Carbon Neutral

    ST. LOUIS, August 15 /CNW/ -- Despite their bad rap, greenhouse gases are
essential to life on Earth.  These gases work in the Earth's atmosphere to
trap heat and warm our planet, which is essential for plant and animal life. 
But just like anything else, too much of a good thing can be harmful.
    Environmentalists have been concerned for decades about the increase in
greenhouse gas emissions, resulting in global warming.  One of the elements
that has received a great deal of attention in this respect is carbon dioxide,
and it is important to understand its impact.
    There are two major forms of carbon dioxide: anthropogenic and biogenic.
Anthropogenic carbon dioxide is a byproduct of fossil fuel use, such as
automobiles.  Biogenic carbon dioxide is a byproduct of biomass, and is
considered impact neutral on the environment.  In other words, carbon dioxide
gas emitted from combustion is offset by the carbon dioxide gas taken up by
trees as they grow.  Through the process of photosynthesis, carbon dioxide and
water are absorbed from the atmosphere, and oxygen is released back into the
atmosphere.  This process makes wood -- and wood floors -- a carbon neutral
product.  In addition, wood flooring actually stores carbon throughout its
service life, adding to its carbon neutral status.
    Want to learn more about the environmental benefits of wood floors? 
Visit the National Wood Flooring Association's (NWFA) web site at, and click on the "What's New" link.
    The NWFA is a not-for-profit trade organization of more than 4,100 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
    Contact:  Anita Howard

               Communications Director


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For further information: Anita Howard, Communications Director of the
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