As the first wood flooring manufacturer to boast an entirely solvent-free production, Kährs has transformed wood flooring production globally with its unique environmental approach. Producing beautiful floors with a conscience, Kährs works solely with wood one of the only renewable flooring materials. Every aspect of production is geared with the environment in mind, from the proximity of its timber stock, to the very construction and finish of its product range.
In Sweden, wood is considered a cultural heritage. For every tree harvested, 5 saplings are replanted and today the country has more trees than ever before. Over 88% of Kährs raw material is sourced within a 124-mile radius of its factory in Nybro, Sweden. This not only reduces transportation costs but also allows Kährs to utilize waste wood. Any timber that cannot be used in floor production is converted into bio-fuel that provides heat for the plant and the homes of 45,000 local residents.
Kährs eco-focus is evident throughout the entire production process. By comparison, Kährs 45 acre factory produces fewer emissions than a small carpentry shop. Kährs has also reduced its waste 30% in the past ten years, and uses a cleaning system so effective that wastewater can legally be discharged into the local sewage system.
Kährs environmental credentials are also reflected in the composition of its wood floors. Featuring an eco-friendly, multi-layered construction, Kährs uses high-grade hardwood for its sandable wear layer, and utilizes fast growing and easily renewable core materials, such as Pine, for the middle core. This attention to detail and performance conserves valuable resources in addition to creating a surface that remains stable throughout the seasons. Floors are pre-finished with a solvent-free finish and water-based stains. Once installed, the floors can be maintained with water-based maintenance products. After years of wear, Kährs floors can be sanded up to two times. For floating applications, the glueless Woodloc joint allows the floor to be taken up and reinstalled elsewhere if desired.
While most of Kährs timber is sourced locally, tropical species are sourced only from member countries of the ITTO (International Tropical Timber Association), and within each country principally from FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) or PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) suppliers. Logs transported from overseas are pre-cut to allow efficient packaging and use of space. Kährs itself has a wealth of environmental certifications and industry memberships, including ISO 14001, gained nearly ten years ago, FSC, EMAS (Eco-management and Audit System), NWFA (National Wood Flooring Federation), ISO 9001, Green Globes and Green Building Initiative.