Walking on overly hard floors creates energy that moves upward towards our muscles and tendons, causing them to vibrate. This is caused by the impact of our heel with the floor. These vibrations, with time, hurt our feet, legs, lower and upper back, creating an excess of tension. Too soft floors cause fatigue and aren't easy to walk on. This can be better understood when walking for 45 minutes straight on soft sand. Softer than laminate and harder than carpets, Wicanders floors are the perfect mix to reduce heel strike impacts and related body tensions, but stable enough to help the foot impulse and provide the needed stability to reduce effort on walking and decrease body fatigue.
Greenguard North-american certification identifies products that have low chemical emissions, improving the air in which they are used. Our products are awarded with the GOLD certification. A stricter certification criteria that ensures that a product is acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities.
Tüv-Proficert is a transnational certificate for voc-emission and air quality, certifying that a product complies with different national regulations such as AgBB (Germany), Belgian voc regulation, Finnish M1, breeam, leed v4 (outside North America), ral -uz 120 and Austrian Eco Label (Guideline uz 56). In October 2018 Amorim Cork Flooring was the first flooring company to achieve tüv certification at its highest level - Premium.
Environmental Product Declaration
EPD Environmental Product Declaration is a third-party independent evaluation that reports environmental data of products based on their life cycle assessment. A product with an EPD guarantees to the consumers that it respects environmental standards.
The goal of the German Cork Association is to assure the quality of cork products, as well as the optimization of manufacturing processes and the support of research projects.
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