If protecting the environment — globally as well as inside your home — is important to you, then you should know how laminate flooring sustainability could enhance both.Swiss Krono uses fresh pine harvested through ecologically sound forest thinning operations. This creates less impact on the environment and means that you get the look of exotic hardwoods without harming any real exotic or endangered wood species. The manufacturing process is so efficient and results in such little waste that we end up using almost every part of the tree in the construction of our planks.Laminate flooring sustainability advantages don’t end at the manufacturing plant. It carries right over into your home, beginning with the installation of your new floor. Our tongue-and-groove locking system installs easily without the need for glue or nails. This simple installation process means fewer power tools are needed, which results in less energy use. After installation is complete, scraps can be disposed of with the rest of your household garbage.Ours is a much healthier floor to live with for years to come, as well. Swiss Krono floors require very little maintenance. Regular dusting and occasional damp mopping with a 3:1 water and vinegar solution will keep your floor looking like new with no need for harsh cleansers. Unlike hardwoods, our laminate floors will never need to be refinished—a process which introduces toxic levels of dust and noxious chemicals to your home.You’re not the only one concerned about indoor air quality. We are, too. In fact, we use absolutely no harmful substances, like halogen, chloride, PVC, PCB, or dioxin, in the construction of our product. In addition, the decorative paper layer used for Swiss Krono laminate is printed with water-based, low volatile organic compound (VOC) inks, which are safer for people and the environment. All of these efforts on our part help contribute to a more natural and healthy atmosphere in your home.If you don’t believe us, just ask the Resilient Floor Covering Institute, which recently awarded Swiss Krono with their prestigious FloorScore® Indoor Air Quality Certification. In order to receive this, we had to meet some of the world’s most rigorous and comprehensive standards for low emissions of VOCs. This distinction proves how committed Swiss Krono is to providing homeowners with products that are healthier for their homes and for the world.