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SUSTAINABILITY & THE ENVIRONMENT

WHY IS CHOOSING KÄHRS WOOD FLOORING AN ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY CHOICE?

With a strong passion for preserving the environment, Kährs has placed itself at the forefront of sustainable development and the green movement. Most of the wood used in Kährs real wood flooring is from forests in Scandinavia and Europe, where new growth exceeds that which is felled.
Kährs ranges also include many of the world’s most beautiful species from the most exciting parts of the globe, including North American Hard Maple and Walnut, Australian Jarrah, FSC certified Jatoba and FSC-Fairtrade® Rauli/Oak from Chile. Kährs is determined to promote environmental awareness even in global terms.

KÄHRS AND EMAS

EMAS is the European Union’s voluntary environmental management program. Its purpose is to promote environmental management, environmental improvements, and environmental audits in industry and to provide information to the public about participating companies’ environmental status.
Kährs has always focused on environmental work and is EMAS-registered since 1997.

QUALITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATIONS AND EMAS-REGISTRATIONS

All the production units within the Kährs Group shall implement quality and environmental management systems according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 and become registered under EMAS. All Kährs production units – Nybro, Ljusdal, Brumunddal and Blomstermåla – have already met the certification requirements.
EMAS is the voluntary environmental regulation within the EU. Its purpose is to promote environmental control, environmental improvements, and environmental audits within industry. This will provide information to the general public about the participating companies’ environmental credentials. Kährs have always focused on environmental work and is EMAS-registered since 1997.
Kährs also holds an ISO 14001 an environmental certification. Waste products from forest felling provide district heating for the local community. In addition, the ash remains is returned to the forest as fertiliser.
Kährs is also certified with ISO 9001, the quality management systems standard.

The FSC® tracing system (Chain of Custody or CoC) connects responsible forestry methods and products with the consumers. With this traceability, companies can show that they support environmentally and socially responsible forestry and put the FSC® mark on their products. Kährs obtained its FSC® certificate in 2005.
Below you can find the quality and environmental certifications for all Kährs production units (PDF):

ISO 14001
ISO 9001
FSC certificate
EMAS approval (available in Swedish only)
Information about our EMAS environmental report

WHAT DOES A WOOD FLOOR DO FOR MY INDOOR ENVIRONMENT?

With so many harmful environmental pollutants in our day to day lives, both in the foods we eat and our outdoor lives, it is comforting to know that a wood floor is completely natural, enabling you and your children to live and breathe easy.
Selection and Variety: With today’s technologically advanced manufacturing, stains and finishes, hardwood floors come in many sizes, styles, colours, finishes and species. These many choices can compliment any home or office with style and a beautiful product that lasts a lifetime.