A Green Company:
Solid hardwood flooring is the “sweet corn” of the flooring industry. Timber is a sustainable harvested crop that may be renewed. There is more standing timber in the United States today than there was 100 years ago. Forests are replanted and left to grow longer before their harvest.

The reason: Going green is more profitable. We can all cite the obvious benefits of using a sustainable resource as environmentally beneficial, but the real driving force behind this socially conscious decision to produce flooring with little or no carbon footprint is that it makes economic sense. Let us not be naïve. Not regulating foresting practices is the death knell of the hardwood flooring industry. Ask any European. They have very few hardwood forests left, forcing these countries to import America’s hardwoods.

Tree farmers throughout the United States realized over a hundred years ago that replanting pays. Letting the woods mature 40 to 50 years is more profitable than clear cutting every 20-30 years. Profits (not preaching) drive the timber industry. Excuse the pun, but “Going Green” is as much about making money as it is about environmental awareness.

The timber industry is a large part of our total economy as a major exporter and employer. “Green” decisions are made to insure that this will ALWAYS be so. The tail wags the dog. Sustaining healthy forests is both an economical and environmental necessity. The flooring industry recognized this fact decades before it was generally accepted way of thinking.

Your dependence on oil as a key ingredient in your products is more “smoky gray” than “green”. The real kicker is that trees also produce oxygen. My industry has the whole photosynthesis thing going for it. This helps offset any fossil fuel we burn in the making of solid hardwood flooring.

What an industry! Not only producing the most beautiful floors in the world and using the smallest carbon footprint to do so, but also cleaning the atmosphere of the pollution spewed by the carpet, vinyl, and laminate flooring industries.

Our being “green” encompasses both the installation and finishing of a floor. Buckeye Hardwood uses skilled American installers--homegrown talent with years of on-the-job experience--with expertise gained from dealing with conditions indigenous to Central Ohio. We understand the extreme relative humidity swings in Ohio and its effect on a site-finished floor. We understand that a hardwood floor exposed to sunlight will create passive solar heat. Homegrown talent is as “green” as the vendors at your local Farmer’s Market.

Buckeye Hardwood not only wishes to hire locally grown talent, we want them to live a long time. Our equipment is equipped with dust collection devices. We do not want to work in the dust anymore than our clients want to live in it. Inevitably dust is created, it is unavoidable, but most of it is contained. Remember, installation of a new floor is a major project.

For not entirely selfish reasons, Buckeye Hardwood uses only V.O.C. compliant finishes. These finishes do not uproot our clients. They don’t “stink.” They have no paint thinner smells, and are a better finish to boot. V.O.C. stands for Volatile Organic Compound. Think gasoline. These compounds may release hazardous by-products when used. As such, we only use finish products that meet strict V.O.C. compliance standards.

Waterborne coatings were conceived not by only the flooring industry, but by all coatings industries, from those making automotive paints to Mason jar lids, whose R&D was instrumental in Waterborne’s creation. The kicker is that Waterborne makes for a much better finish than either aluminum-oxide or oil-modified urethanes. They are more scuff resistant, more protective against UV rays, longer lasting, and not harmful to the installer. Note: oil-modified urethanes will no longer be legally available in 2010.

How could a product that is naturally beautiful (with the accent on nature) not be “green?" How about flooring that does not use oil-based adhesives to install? A product that is cleaned with water and white vinegar? Flooring that is healthy and recommended by allergists for those with respiratory ailments? Is flooring that uses every byproduct of its production, either in other products, or as a bio-energy, “green?”

Those that choose to believe that hardwood floors are not “green” because they come from felled trees are mistaken. “Green” means that a product adds more than it subtracts from this spaceship called Earth.

Site-finished hardwood floors provide flooring that is more “green.” Less fossil fuels are consumed in the making of 1,000 sq. ft. of solid hardwood flooring than is consumed by the same square footage of vinyl goods or carpet. Even engineered flooring leaves a larger carbon footprint than solid hardwood flooring. Bamboo, for all of its magazine hoopla, is a grass that is sliced, compressed, glued together (often using toxic glues), and shipped from China. Bamboo takes a great deal of carbon-heavy manufacturing before it is able to be used as flooring, so even though it can be harvested more frequently than hardwoods, it is still less “green.”

What if there was a product that was the best of both worlds; ie, able to be harvested with great frequency, but without the need of toxic glues or excessive assembly…?

A Green Product: 
Weyerhaeuser is the largest owner of real estate in the continental United States. They are the major player in the hardwood industry. Weyerhaeuser furnishes American hardwoods to the furniture, cabinet, and molding industries, as well as just about any other industry in the United States that uses hardwoods. Many flooring manufacturers purchase their wood from Weyerhaeuser.

As fashionable as it may be to diss large corporations for their environmentally questionable methods, Weyerhaeuser is a pioneer in the “green” movement. Over twenty years ago, Weyerhaeuser purchased 1.2 million acres of land in Brazil. In a partnership with local companies, Weyerhaeuser developed Lyptus, a hybrid of different Eucalyptus trees. Lyptus is a hardwood that represents an eco-aware concept in forest management. The fast growing tree is harvested after only 15 years.

Lyptus is grown on plantations which are managed so that Lyptus is planted among the natural vegetation to help maintain the area’s eco-system. Most second-generation Lyptus trees are grown from the stumps of the original trees--this requires less manpower, energy consumption, and disturbance of the land. It is an intelligent environmental choice.

Lyptus has an inherent cherry color, is as hard as hickory, and machines and sands beautifully. As a wood, its fine grain lends to a beautiful finished product.

Available in 2 ¼”, 3”, or 4” flooring widths, Lyptus is the choice of both the environmentally aware, and the wood-smart. Lyptus, because it is harvested from managed forests whose trees are pruned, is more likely to be free of defects, and it will always be in good supply.



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