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We take our responsibilities seriously
At Canterbury, we recognize our obligation to be good stewards of our planetís natural resources, and to be a good corporate citizen. Please see below to learn more about our environmental policies and social concerns.
   
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Environmental Considerations

Wood is the Most Eco-Friendly Flooring Product Available.
Well managed forests guarantee the environmental benefits of wood flooring. In fact, properly managing forests for lumber production can increase the total forested area over time because the economic incentive of continued timber sales outweighs the short-term gain of clear cutting for agriculture or development.

In the United States the volume of our standing timber has nearly doubled in the past 50 years, even in the face of urban sprawl, farm expansion, forest fires, and other natural disasters. The US forestry industry harvests only 60% of our annual growth, ensuring that our forests will be there for future generations.

In the tropical forests of Africa and South America, Canterbury partners with innovative mills that understand their long-term success is dependent on proper forest management. One of our best partners is a Peruvian forester and sawmill that welcomes the resurgance of interest in the Eco-Friendly products. As a fourth generation company they truly understand the importance of what they leave behind for future generations. They want to get the word out that forestry is a way out of the typical cycle of poverty in these countries where rural income is typically based on farming and cattle ranching, which destroy billions of acres of forestland while only providing limited job security or income.

The hardwood flooring industry in general, and Canterbury in particular, have a negative carbon footprint, meaning that we sequester more carbon than we produce. Through a combination of using every part of the tree, the fact that hardwood floors require less energy per square foot than any other flooring product, and that all of our raw materials are natural and naturally regenerate after hardwood, we are proud to offer products that are truly environmentally friendly. This is a fact that no other flooring material can match.

Through our own use of wood by-products and the use of our excess by-products by other concerns, we provide 400,000KwH/month of clean energy above and beyond our own electrical usage. The result is the reduction of fossil fuel demand of approximately 2,400 barrels of oil or 1,900 tons of coal each year.

Well managed forests are more productive and trap more CO2.
Harvesting mature trees for flooring fixes, or locks up, the carbon dioxide they contain indefinitely until the flooring decays. The younger replacement trees that are planted get the space and sunlight they need to grow, and pull CO2 from the atmosphere at a significantly faster rate. One cubic meter of solid wood flooring fixes approximately two metric tons of CO2.


Social Concerns

Timber used for secondary wood products, such as flooring, is worth three to ten times more to the harvester than the land would bring if used for pasture or farming.
This leads to a significant improvement in the finances of the individuals furthest down the lumber supply chain and provides a true incentive for conservation instead of permanent destruction for farming.

Canterbury Flooring is made in the United States by American workers.
All Signature Custom, Signature Engineered, EcoCollection, and Traditions domestic species are manufactured in the USA. All prefinishing is done in the USA.

However, primary processing of exotic species is now done in the country producing the timber. This provides their citizens with higher-paying skilled jobs, and eliminates the energy waste of shipping whole logs to the U.S. for processing.

We are a firm believer in American manufacturing and believe that the American workforce supported by active and intelligent management can out produce, at a higher quality and with lower overall cost, the workforce of any other nation on earth.

Canterbury is proud to support Habitat for Humanity.
Since its founding in 1976, Habitat for Humanity International has built and rehabilitated more than 150,000 houses with families in need. Click here to learn more or to make a donation.



You can shop Canterbury with confidence.
We are an ethical and dependable company, and a member of the National Wood Flooring Association and the World Floor Covering Association.

 

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