Refinishing hardwood flooring surfaces offers reduced carbon footprint
In a 2020 report from the IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, which was conducted with input from Bona, it states that a 78 per cent reduction in carbon footprint can be achieved when refinishing rather than replacing hardwood floorings. With resilient floor surfaces, refinishing can offer up to 92 per cent in reduction compared to replacing. Additionally, the report found that a minimum of 90 per cent savings in resources can be realised, which includes transport, electricity use, consumables and materials.
“This research study offers a holistic view and is proof that refinishing a resilient or wood flooring surface to improve the appearance of a floor is more sustainable than replacing it,” said Björn Johansson, global environmental manager, Bona. “For more than 100 years, Bona has developed products and systems that offer a more sustainable floor renovation solution. It is affirming to have the support of this report validating the benefits of the Bona System.”
About the study
Conducted over 12 months with a focus on the Swedish flooring market and construction industry, the report reviewed the environmental impact from refinishing hardwood and resilient flooring by performing a life-cycle assessment. The outcome was compared to the impact from producing and installing new flooring in terms of climate change and resource usage. The report is now available at https://www.ivl.se/english/ivl/topmenu/press/news-and-press-releases/press-releases/2020-06-10-better-for-the-environment-to-renovate-than-replaceflooring.html.
About the company
Bona is a sustainability driven company that supplies products for installing, renovating, maintaining and restoring premium floors. Founded in 1919, Bona was the first in the industry to offer a full system of waterborne hardwood floor finishing and floor-care products. Today, Bona offers products for most premium floor surfaces including wood, tile, vinyl, resilient, rubber and laminate. The head office is in Malmö, Sweden, and the company is represented globally by its 17 subsidiaries and 70 distributors. For more details, please visit www.bona.com.