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Teknoflor® Becomes First Ever PVC-free Resilient Flooring to Achieve Living Product Challenge Petal Certification
MILWAUKEE (May 8, 2018) – Naturescapes HPD™ by Teknoflor® is the first PVC-free resilient flooring product to receive Living Product Challenge (LPC) Petal certification from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI). The LPC certification, which represents the most rigorous standard for sustainable manufacturing, was officially announced on May 3, 2018 at the ILFI annual unConference in Portland, Oregon.
The ILFI’s LPC is a product certification program, advocacy tool, and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability and transparency in product manufacturing today. The Challenge is comprised of twenty imperatives spread across seven petals (performance categories): Place, Water, Energy, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity, and Beauty.
Teknoflor Naturescapes HPD has received Petal certification as a result of Shannon’s completion of sixteen imperatives within the Place, Health & Happiness, Materials, Equity, and Beauty petals. Full LPC certification requires meeting established criteria in all twenty imperatives. The company has aspirations to achieve full certification with Naturescapes HPD by the end of 2018.
“Teknoflor is a long-established manufacturer of commercial resilient sheet goods, and we’re delighted that our new Naturescapes HPD commercial resilient sheet flooring is the first ever product of its kind to receive the Living Product Challenge Petal certification from the prestigious International Living Future Institute,” said Jeff Collum, president and CEO of Shannon Specialty Floors, which is the exclusive distributor of all Teknoflor products. “We’re striving to deliver commercial flooring products that are healthy, inspirational, and restorative to the environment; the Living Product Challenge is an effective and powerful platform by which we can share Naturescapes HPD’s sustainable attributes with the marketplace.”
“By fully embracing the LPC, Metroflor, Shannon Specialty Floors, and the Teknoflor brand are responding to marketplace demand for healthy materials. They’re also revolutionizing the resilient flooring market by challenging the status quo when it comes to how flooring products are designed, sourced, and manufactured,” said James Connelly, Director of the Living Product Challenge for ILFI. “In order to achieve Net Positive for Carbon, this product offsets its entire lifecycle carbon footprint and is also currently replacing petroleum-based oil inputs with naturally grown castor oils with a much lower environmental footprint and conducting outreach and education to help expand the supply of that next generation ingredient. We’re excited that their ultimate goal is to achieve full LPC certification with the Naturescapes HPD product.”
Teknoflor’s Naturescapes HPD is the brand’s first luxury organic sheet flooring made from organically-derived polyurethane processed from castor oil. This resilient sheet flooring product has all the advantages of resilient sheet vinyl: durability, easy maintenance and versatility but without the PVC. The product offers twenty-four beautiful designs in three distinct styles that can be used independently or together. Naturescapes HPD will be launched to the marketplace and available for specification at NeoCon in June of 2018.
“Naturescapes is a big leap forward for the resilient flooring category, and I think it is fantastic to see how the product is already creating a ripple effect of positive changes in the flooring industry and beyond,” said Jason F. McLennan, of McLennan Design and founder of the Living Product Challenge.
About The International Living Future Institute
The International Living Future Institute is an environmental NGO committed to catalyzing the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. Composed of leading green building experts and thought-leaders, the Institute is premised on the belief that providing a compelling vision for the future is a fundamental requirement for reconciling humanity’s relationship with the natural world. The Institute runs the Living Building Challenge, Living Community Challenge, Living Product Challenge, Net Zero Energy Certification, the Cascadia Green Building Council, Ecotone Publishing, Declare, JUST and other leading-edge programs. A global network of more than 400 volunteers across nearly 30 countries drive the local adoption of restorative principles in their communities.
About Shannon Specialty Floors
Shannon Specialty Floors, Inc. is a major manufacturer and distributor of flooring products with a strong focus on Healthcare, Senior Care, Government, Corporate, Hospitality, Retail and Education environments. Shannon supplies floors that provide durability and state-of-the-art technology with a strong emphasis on no-wax, no-buff commercial resilient sheet flooring. Shannon Specialty Floors, Inc. also features safety flooring, recycled rubber floors and resilient planks/tiles. You can find more information at https://shannonspecialtyfloors.com.
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