Eco-friendly products have been a trend for quite some time now. In 2013, Trendwatching.com was forecasting that brands would be focusing on enabling environmentally and socially aware consumers to indulge without grappling with their conscience. Today, this trend is still accurate and it applies to many fields, from fashion to home décor. When renovating or building a house, homeowners now have a vast selection of eco-sound materials. Floor covering is no exception and Beaulieu now offers more products designed with respect to the environment than ever before.
Eco-savvy homeowners frequently opt for laminate flooring. It is a great green option for small budgets. According to Bill Dearing, President of the North American Laminate Flooring Association, laminate flooring has a wealth of green advantages. From its manufacturing process to its installation, it’s a great go-to product for an eco-conscious home. Basically, laminate floors are made using a sophisticated photo-technology to achieve a realistic design that imitates exotic woods or stones without using these actual rare natural resources. The very own principle is eco-friendly! Moreover, the manufacture of laminate floors does not involve the harvesting of old-growth hardwoods and product cores utilizes a large percentage of renewable resource materials. It is also worth mentioning that the installation of laminate is largely glueless, which helps prevent the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOC) that are often found in adhesives. Once installed, laminate floors can be cleaned easily by vacuuming or dust mopping, eliminating the need for harsh chemicals.
In addition to all these eco-friendly benefits, the vast majority of Beaulieu’s laminate hold the CARB II Compliant and Beaulieu Lab Certified (BLC) certifications. CARB II Compliant is the seal of approval from the California Air Resources Board certifying that the product meets stringent standards for volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. For its part, the BLC certification assures that each category of hard surface flooring undergoes many tests performed by an independent, professional, and certified laboratory. They guarantee a strict quality control and conformity to industry regulations. It is interesting to know that Beaulieu is one of the only flooring distributors to require these tests. In the United States, laminate is a new product category that Beaulieu launched this year. With five beautiful collections to choose from, American consumers will fall for this eco-friendly, trendy floor covering option.