Eco-Friendly Sports Flooring
Sustainability and being a good neighbor are key components of Robbins Corporate Mission. At Robbins, our mills are an integral part of the community, providing jobs, purchasing local resources and generating sustainable energy. We apply sustainability principles to our manufacturing and business practices. From research and design to procurement, distribution and installation of products and services worldwide, we strive to conserve resources, responsibly use lumber and other raw materials, incorporate recycled materials, and reduce our impact on the environment within the context and conscience of our business.
Robbins is fundamentally vested in the well managed principles that have long driven the forest products industries. We advocate the renewal and improvement of the environment through active and meaningful participation in key industry organizations, such as the United States Green Building Council, that support reforestation and responsible development. We work with ecologically responsible suppliers. We endeavor to influence our suppliers to provide our materials in an environmentally responsible way consistent with sound business practices. Education is important to us; we encourage our employees, customers, and business associates to gain ecological awareness.
In addition, Robbins complies with, and vigorously supports, the Lacey Act, which makes it illegal to: import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase in interstate or foreign commerce, any plant, with limited exception to be taken or traded in violation of domestic or international laws. To learn more about the Lacey Act, please visit the USDA website.
Our state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies maximize the use of our raw materials while reducing the impact on the environment. This reflects the foundation of our product development – increasing product quality and performance while decreasing raw materials used in sourcing, manufacture and installation.
Robbins, Inc. has championed exacting factory pre-sanded and factory pre-finished technology that dramatically improves air quality during installation by eliminating sanding dust and volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. Our production process recovers and recycles waste into beneficial materials used in the manufacture of other wood products. Our sawdust waste is converted into steam, which is, in turn, used to power our plants and kilns.
Robbins has been Forest Stewardship Council® chain of custody certified to offer sustainably harvested hardwoods for many years. Robbins license code FSC® C002923 and certificate # NC-COC-000720 is audited annually by NEPCon. Robbins certified hardwood is also verified and listed by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) High Performance Product Database.
Our nation’s hardwood forests are sustainable:
- Forest Statistics of the United States, 2002, shows that the U.S. grows six times more hardwoods than are harvested each year.
- Robbins effort to source and make available FSC lumber for purchase in maple sports flooring systems contributes to the sustainability of the world’s forests.
- There were 82% more hardwoods in 2002 than in 1952. In 1986 the U.S. used 5 billion cf. In that same year 9.5 billion cf of timber was added to the hardwood forest industry.
- Wood is the only natural resource on Earth that is at once renewable, recyclable, biodegradable and re-usable. The energy required to grow our timber supply is free. It comes from the sun.
- Although wood consumption accounts for almost half of the total annual industrial raw material tonnage, lumber and wood products manufacturing processes account for only about 4% of energy consumed by industrial raw material manufacturers.
Source: Excerpted from the Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association website (www.maplefloor.org), Evergreen Magazine and NHLA’s Forest Resource Fact Book. Look for FSC® Products available to purchase on most Robbins hardwood flooring systems.
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