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Sustainable hardwood flooring in Indianapolis

Published: May 24, 2016

Today’s homeowners are far more aware of how their choices impact the world around us. It’s no surprise that more and more of our customers are coming to us wanting hardwood flooring that is sustainably harvested. These homeowners want to make sure that they get more than just a beautiful hardwood floor – they want to make sure they get a beautiful hardwood floor that comes from sources that restore our forests.

Light hardwood floor enlarges this dining room

What is sustainable hardwood?

Sustainable hardwood comes from forests that are managed to care for the environment, not damage it. These forests are often labeled “renewable” because they are managed with a long term view – rather than a short term perspective. The owners of these forests manage the land to prevent damage to watersheds, wildlife and the trees themselves.

Many of these forests are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an independent, not-for-profit, non-government international agency that promotes the use of sustainably harvested wood, which is wood gathered from well-managed forests.

The FSC sets standards for responsible forest management and certifies organizations that follow these standards. Certifiers track supply chains to guarantee that wood meets FSC standards. Standards that cover everything from compliance with laws and indigenous peoples’ rights to environmental impact.

Light, golden hardwood makes this closet glow with natural beauty

How can I find sustainable hardwood flooring?

You can look for the FSC seal on your hardwood selections. You can also talk to the experts at Kermans. Our flooring design staff make it a point to stay on top of trends and news in the flooring industry. They can help guide you to products that are environmentally sound choices. Generally speaking, in the United States, these wood species are good places to start for sustainably harvested hardwood:

  • Black cherry
  • Mahoghany
  • Maple

Want to learn more about sustainable hardwood? Make an appointment with one of our flooring experts to discover the beautiful hardwood floors that are friendly to your home and our environment.

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