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It's as easy as one, two, tree to be green: Hardwood Bargains partners with American Forests for Global Releaf program

Published: Apr 13, 2012 4:20 AM EDT

Earth Day is April 22, but Hardwood Bargains is going green early this year. The online retailer of quality and affordable hardwood flooring, is stepping up to the plate of eco responsibility by partnering with American Forests, the nation’s oldest non-profit conservation organization, for the Global Releaf forest restoration program. Starting April 1, HardwoodBargains.com will replant two trees for each tree used in the production of the flooring they sell.

“American Forests applauds the commitment to sustainability by Hardwood Bargains,” said Lea Sloan, VP of Communications at American Forests. “Their business practices set a standard for consciousness and concern about how we impact the environment. Their efforts align with American Forests’ mission to preserve and restore forests across the country, to benefit our air and water quality, wildlife habitat and other vital natural resources.”

In addition to the tree re-planting program, Hardwood Bargains boasts other eco-friendly practices in its day-to-day operations. Hardwood Bargains specializes in engineered wood flooring products. These engineered hardwood floors are inherently more eco-friendly, as they use fewer resources from the environment. All the products are formaldehyde-free, which bodes well for the environment and those with respiratory problems.

Hardwood Bargains also offers a variety of FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) products. These wood products come from sustainably managed forests, where the trees are regenerated, biodiversity is conserved, and air and water quality are preserved. Hardwood as a flooring option is generally more eco-friendly due to its sustainability compared to carpeting or other flooring materials.

The installation of hardwood flooring can also be gentler on the environment. For certain applications, Hardwood Bargains suggests a floating installation that utilizes recycled foam underlayment - produced from recycled used tires. Customers may consult with a Hardwood Bargains flooring expert to determine the best products and installation methods for their home and health.

For those looking to dispose of old flooring responsibly, there are a number of local and national organizations that recycle or re-purpose these materials. To help the environment and your neighborhood, consider donating your used flooring to a charity that needs building supplies. You can give your home a makeover while helping others with their new home, school or community center.                                                                                            

“Hardwood Bargains makes a concerted effort to be green everyday, and we encourage our consumers and colleagues to do the same,” said Mike Nowotarski, Co-Owner of Hardwood Bargains. 

To view a selection of eco-friendly hardwood flooring products and learn more about installation methods that are easy on the planet, visit HardwoodBargains.com.

About American Forests

American Forests restores and protects urban and rural forests. Founded in 1875, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the country has served as a catalyst for many of the most important milestones in the conservation movement, including the founding of the USDA Forest Service, the national forest and national park systems and literally thousands of forest ecosystem restoration projects and public education efforts. Since 1990, American Forests has planted more than 40 million trees in forests throughout the U.S. and in 38 countries, resulting in cleaner air and drinking water, restored habitat for wildlife and fish, and the removal of millions of tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Learn more at www.americanforests.org.

 

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