Bolon – Good Form When it Comes to Sustainability
Bolon has good form when it comes to sustainability; the company was one of the first to be certified with environmental management standard ISO 14000 and has since been awarded low emissions certifications from a number of environmental bodies. But the company is certainly not sitting on its laurels; ahead of revealing a new sustainability strategy on 1 October 2018, Bolon has announced two new sustainable initiatives.
Previously, the glue used to affix Bolon’s flooring contaminated the material and made recycling difficult. To overcome this, the company spent two years developing a new technique for installing its tiles and studio products that does not affect the product’s recyclability. NoGlue® is a tape that allows the flooring to be easily installed and removed without contamination, enabling post-consumer flooring to be recycled at Bolon’s facilities. “This would mean achieving a cradle-to-cradle lifespan for our product, which is a big step towards a more sustainable future,” explains Michaela Ljungdahl, Bolon’s Product and Sustainability Coordinator.
The company is also working with Europe’s largest PVC manufacturers to develop a new Bio-PVC that will replace crude oil component with sustainable sources. It is hoped this component could be waste material from the Swedish forestry industry. The end goal is to use only 100 per cent renewable resources for all of Bolon’s PVC products. Watch this space.