Metroflor recently issued a Declare label for its rigid core flooring, Metroflor’s Aspecta Ten, a multilayer flooring product that features the company’s ISOCORE Technology. Innovation in sustainability also fueled the development of ISOCORE, according to the company; the plasticizer-free and phthalate-free cellular vinyl core is produced from 100% recyclable, first-generation vinyl. The decision was made to forgo the use of recycled content to avoid contamination from predecessor phthalates.

“We are excited that we can offer such a valuable label that meets this intense need in the marketplace, as many designers and architects are becoming acquainted with this new category of rugged yet beautiful flooring,” said Rochelle Routman, chief sustainability officer for Metroflor.

This new label adds to Metroflor’s existing portfolio of Declare labels for the entire Aspecta commercial range, over 200 patterns in total across the three collections.

The company has also issued Health Product Declarations (HPDs) for its full line of Aspecta products. HPDs are comprehensive transparency documents that provide health-related information for product ingredients. Declare labels and HPDs are recognized by the USGBC for credit under LEEDv4 and can also contribute towards credits under the WELL Building Standard.

Metroflor also sponsors and participates in mindful MATERIALS, a program aimed at providing designers, architects, and others with the tools needed to consider human health and environmental impacts of products in the built environment. The program accomplishes this goal via a two-pronged approach: an online library, fully searchable database hosted on ORIGIN, and a labeling system for products physically represented in resource libraries. By participating in the mindful MATERIALS program, Metroflor is able to provide comprehensive transparency, safety, and sustainability declarations and certifications to its commercial customers.

Metroflor has initiated Life Cycle Assessments that will further explore the environmental impacts of its products. This will inform the company on additional improvements it needs to make to further reduce its environmental footprint in manufacturing. There are always new goals to achieve in transparency and sustainability, especially as new tools are developed and additional environmental data is gathered.

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