All Shaw laminate flooring products are now GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified, according to the company. GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification recognizes companies whose products meet or exceed stringent requirements for low chemical emissions.

“We are pleased to receive this prestigious certification from GREENGUARD. Our belief is that it will help differentiate Shaw laminate products in the marketplace while reinforcing our ongoing commitment to manufacture flooring products that contribute favorably to indoor environmental quality,” said David Wilkerson, Shaw’s corporate director of sustainability and product stewardship.

To earn the certification, Shaw laminates were screened for more than 10,000 different VOCs and were verified to meet the required California chronic exposure levels including 13.5 parts per billion formaldehyde. To maintain certification, Shaw’s laminates will be re-tested according to these strict standards on an ongoing basis.

"The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute applauds Shaw Industries on its commitment to indoor air quality,” said Henning Bloech, executive director of the GEI, which administers the certificiation. "Products like Shaw’s GREENGUARD Certified laminates make it easier for contractors, building owners and consumers to create beautiful interior spaces and healthier indoor environments."