Kahrs, a flooring company in Sweden, has unveiled the very first line in wood flooring to ever come with both Fair Trade and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certifications. Kahrs environmental ambassador Bruce Uhler says that the line should be available to purchase in the autumn of this year, though at first the testing of the new wood flooring line will primarily take place in the commercial sector.
Fair Trade makes certain that workers in developing countries are compensated fairly for their creations, as well as ensuring that they get the chance to have access to markets in foreign countries. Meanwhile the Forest Stewardship certification is there to promote the responsible management of forests, as well as other requirements relating to such issues as health, safety and social.
The dual labelling is part of a collaborative project being undertaken by Fair Trade and the Forest Stewardship Council that first began two years ago back in 2009. Kahrs is taking its raw material for the new wood flooring line from Curacautin Valle in Chile, while the project will be shopped to “one of the largest general contractors in the world” and “one of the larger automobile companies in the world,” which will install the flooring in showrooms and a worldwide retail chain, according to Uhler.
“We see this as a great corporate responsibility program for the company that will have an impact on millions of people involved in global forestry” Uhler claims.
Fair Trade certified products, including ones that can help with floor sanding and polishing, are sold in more than 70 countries all over the world, including in the United Kingdom.