Sustainable and environmentally-friendly floors

Wood is one of the healthiest building materials for the following reasons: it is a natural regulator of indoor climate; it assists ventilation; it stabilises humidity and filters and purifies the air; it is warm to touch and absorbs sound.

Wood is one of the most versatile, available and least controversial sustainable materials as long as it is sourced responsibly. The Forestry Stewardship Council (‘FSC’) provides certification that foresters and manufacturers have met set criteria designed to promote biological diversity and protect native woodlands.

Rapid-growing softwoods are widely used in construction and in particular for flooring.

Our wood floors are FSC certified and are reusable, recyclable and biodegradable. This makes wood flooring one of the only completely sustainable floor coverings. We are committed to the elimination of all waste and where we cannot dispose of the waste, we have schemes for the reuse or recycling of our materials.

At Versatile, how do we try to ensure we are fulfilling our commitment to reducing negative impacts on the environment?

We partner with companies that share our commitment to act sustainably and environmentally- friendly and who are committed to reducing their carbon footprint. Our entire range of flooring has been responsibly sourced and wood products bear the FSC logo. Many floors are 100% recyclable and environmentally-friendly, including our Concreate range, which moves away from conventional concrete production and holds the Green Leaf certification. We stock a range of natural wood cleaning and maintenance products.

In addition, our company cars are electric or hybrid and we are committed to updating our fleet of work vans to electric when a suitable product comes on to the market.

Our commitment to sustainability and finding greener ways to work is ‘work in progress’ and on-going. Within the company we have adopted more environmentally-friendly practices, from responsible sourcing to minimising waste and increasing recycling, reducing water and energy use to being better able to identify and manage environmental risks and hazards.

Our internal Environmental Management Policy Statement is available on request.