Metroflor® Corporation is committed to sustainability and transparency with principles including ingredient transparency, social justice, carbon reductions, and water/energy conservation embedded into the entire business.
1. The Past: 100+ Years of Innovation
Luxury vinyl flooring is one of the industry’s fastest growing categories and for good reason. It’s attractive, versatile, durable, easy to maintain, and cost effective. In addition, Metroflor luxury vinyl flooring products are FloorScore® certified so you can breathe easier knowing they contribute to healthy indoor air quality.
FloorScore® is a universally recognized low VOC certification program which uses an independent certifier, Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), to determine whether hard surface flooring products meet the California health-based low VOC requirements for indoor air quality.
This is based on small environmental chamber VOC testing and recognized indoor air quality modeling under the California Section 01350 specification. This specification includes health-based Chronic Exposure Levels (CREL) concentrations established by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment and building modeling parameters developed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA).
REDUCING OUR CARBON FOOTPRINT
Metroflor has made a commitment to reduce its carbon footprint and combat climate change. A detailed greenhouse gas inventory of all operations is currently underway, and carbon neutral shipping is an industry leading effort that is being offered to customers.
Effective July 1, 2020, all domestic UPS shipments of Metroflor samples and accessories will ship as a UPS carbon neutral shipping program partner.
Metroflor’s participation in UPS carbon neutral program helps fund global environmental projects that are reducing carbon emissions, such as the sustainable conservation of the Garcia River Forest. Other projects include The Conservation Fund’s Big River and Salmon Creek Forests in California. UPS also supports the Suzhou Qizi Mountain landfill gas recovery project in China and the Chol Charoen wastewater methane destruction project in Thailand.
Through Metroflor’s support and adoption of UPS carbon neutral, both Metroflor and its customers are reducing their carbon footprint and supporting emissions reduction projects that mitigate the climate impact of parcel shipping.
1. The Role of Plasticizers in LVT
The construction of the Halstead Customer Support Center building reflects the mission of the organization — to promote more livable and sustainable communities. The project demonstrates what can be achieved in energy-, water- and resource-efficiency within the commercial building Sector. Halstead International has created an attractive and comfortable, energy-efficient workplace using sustainable materials with a long-term cost benefit. Attention to energy- efficiency has reduced operating costs significantly, making it one of the most energy-efficient office buildings in the nation. Halstead's building is Georgia's Tenth LEED Platinum project and the first for the city of Calhoun, GA.
DELIVERING PEACE OF MIND THROUGH TRANSPARENCY
Metroflor and HMTX IndustriesTM have taken a leadership stance in the area of LVT product transparency. We're committed to ensuring end-users have the information they need to make informed decisions about our products and actively support the DeclareSM and JustSM transparency platforms. Health Product Declarations (HPDs) have also been published for a wide range of our products.
Metroflor has Declare® labels for Engage Genesis, Engage Inception, Metroflor LVT, Attraxion, Verçade Wall Fashion, and Artistek products. Declare® is a transparency platform that answers three questions:
JUST® is a nutrition label for socially just and equitable organizations. JUST® is not a certification program, but rather a transparency platform for organizations to disclose their operations, including how they treat employees and where they make financial and community investments. HMTX Industries, Metroflor’s parent company, has met the JUST requirements for our two primary LVT factories in China. These factories are the first LVT factories in the world – and the first factories in any industry in China – to earn the JUST® designation.
Most recently, HMTX Industries earned a JUST label for all of its facilities in the United States located in Connecticut, Georgia, and Wisconsin. Applying quantitative JUST criteria has helped us to objectively see our strengths as well as identify opportunities for improvement. This new label, pictured at right, is the world’s first JUST label under the 2.0 standard to be issued to a manufacturer, and the first to be issued to a resilient flooring company. JUST labels are a means by which HMTX Industries will continue to demonstrate its unrivaled commitment to transparency and a sincere commitment to our employees around the world.
JUST® provides peace of mind and confidence that our LVT products are made by responsible manufacturers who are good stewards of their communities who treat their employees fairly and pay them a living wage. JUST® represents Metroflor’s commitment to social justice and equity not only in our Chinese factories, but in our facilities around the world.
Visit the JUST® labels for HMTX Industries’ LVT factories.
Health Product Declarations (HPDs)
The Health Product Declaration (HPD) Open Standard provides a framework for product manufacturers and their ingredient suppliers to report and disclose information about products and associated health information. A report published in compliance with the HPD Open Standard is referred to as a completed "Health Product Declaration," or "HPD."
HPDs have become more and more common among flooring manufacturers, including Metroflor, as commercial architects and designers have embraced them and request HPD’s from manufacturers on behalf of their clients to ensure the health and wellness of building occupants.
Metroflor supports the HPD-Collaborative and publishes HPD’s for a wide array of commercial-oriented products in Engage Genesis, Engage Inception, Metroflor LVT, Attraxion, and Artistek product lines.
Visit the HPD Public Repository to download HPD’s available for Metroflor’s flooring products..