Remodeling with Wicanders

22 05 2009
‘Tis the season for home-improvements….Natural Home Mag cover
What better way to “better your home” than to use eco-efficient materials. Misty McNally gives her Best for Remodeling choices in an article published in Natural Home Magazine, including Wicanders Corkcomfort Floating Plank.  Click on the Natural Home Magazine image to access the article which explores a few of the many benefits of cork flooring.
Wicanders Corkcomfort Floating Plank, Traces Spice

Wicanders Corkcomfort Floating Plank, Traces Spice

 

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Amorim Flooring partners with Architectural Systems, Inc.

8 04 2009
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Amorim Flooring North America, Inc. has appointed Architectural Systems, Inc. (ASI, www.archsystems.com) as its distributor in the commercial segment of Wicanders cork flooring.   ASI will cover the  Metro New York and New Jersey areas.

asi-a-logo-with-dotsFounded in 1990, ASI has been known from the start for its fresh, innovative solutions for commercial interiors.  Today, the company’s products are confidently specified by the foremost architecture & design firms and installed globally in major retail, entertainment, hospitality, corporate, healthcare, education and institutional projects.

ASI’s clients return again and again for ASI’s extensive product expertise, professionalism, commitment to service, and collective eye for what’s next®, and the ability to find it all in one place.  Founders nancyron3Nancy Jackson (President) and Ron Jackson (CEO) are design advocates who help their clients materialize their vision and have worked with the most prestige clientele.  ASI’s team of experts has been recognized for their involvement in every part of the contract project process from concept to installation.  Their innovative style and established relationships in the A& D community distinguish them from the rest.  Their exceptional knowledge of the industry is known globally and sets trends before anyone recognizes them as trends.

 Architectural Systems, Inc. (ASI), a family business, is acclaimed by the industry as a leading provider of architectural materials including sustainable products.

Amorim’s international flooring portfolio is known for its unique ecological properties, aesthetic design and technical attributes. 

This new strategic partnership reinforces the demand for high quality eco-efficient flooring solutions, and will strengthen Wicanders’ presence in the New York and New Jersey markets.

We welcome ASI to our family.

Team WIcanders

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Amorim Unveils New Flooring Portfolio at Surfaces 2009

30 01 2009

excellence-in-flooring1Amorim Revestimentos, the subsidiary of Corticeira Amorim SGPS, will launch the largest and most prestigious Home and Commercial Flooring Collections in its history at Surfaces 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, February 2nd-5th. With its recent 32 million Euros (44 Million USD) investments in new, state-of-the-art technology, Amorim once again confirms the company’s commitment to the development of the American market for cork flooring. Wicanders, it’s worldwide brand, continues to be the leader in the cork oak flooring category.

Extending the range from cork oak flooring to other product categories including linoleum and vinyl, the new Wicanders Collections unveil trendy, sophisticated fashion features not currently found in the American cork oak market. Combining their eco-friendly R&D innovations of 2008 with exclusive lifestyle and eco-fashion trends, Wicanders Home Flooring Collections and Commercial Flooring Collections truly represent “Nature at your feet.”

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A member of the US Green Building Council, with many of its current products certified by GREENGUARD for indoor air quality, Amorim is a leading company in the environmental and social responsibility field as well, promoting business practices for CO2 emissions reduction, management of waste and by-products, and energy efficiency.

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Surfaces 2009 is where manufacturers from around the world gather with over 35,000 retailers, distributors, architects, designers, builders, and installers to see and learn about the latest innovations in the floor covering industry.picture-8

Amorim Revestimentos has business operations in 14 countries around the world, and sells its products in more than 52 countries.

We’d love to have you visit Team Wicanders in Las Vegas at Surfaces 2009, Booth #2854, Hall A. We’ll be waiting for you!

For those of you who cannot attend Surfaces, please don’t hesitate to contact us  at projects@wicanderscorkoakblog.com or leave a comment below. Anxious to hear what you think of our wonderful, new collections. Until then,

Cheers!

Team Wicanders

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Make Sustainability your Guiding Principle in 2009

30 12 2008

Happy New Year!

We came across this brief write-up by Mark Tercek in the January issue of Reader’s Digest. Mark is the president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy, and we thought sharing his article might inspire you as much as it inspired us. It carries an important message about how, in this New Year to come, each one of us can make sustainability our guiding principle.

To quote Mark:

“As a nation, we must recognize that the health of the environment is inextricably linked to our well-being and prosperity. Functioning natural systems and a stable climate support livelihoods, feed our families, sate our thirst, provide clean air, enrich us spiritually, and represent a legacy for future generations.

I urge you to make sustainability—using resources no faster than they can be replenished—a guiding principle. This commitment will spark progress toward developing clean energy sources, fighting climate change, conserving our land and waters, and rebuilding a battered economy. Your example will inspire leaders around the world to do the same.

From all of us at Team Wicanders, we wish you a prosperous and sustainable New Year.

Cheers to 2009!

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How Green is “Green” When Specifying Flooring?

12 12 2008

Consumers across the nation are “going green.”  They are making environmentally friendly choices and buying green products.  When companies claim that their products are green, it is important to do research before you make a purchase.  Mike Holmes, contractor and TV show host of Holmes on Homes wrote an article called Going natural requires some detective work.  He offers 5 questions to ask before making an environmentally-responsible flooring purchase.  And we are proud to tell you, Wicanders passed the test with flying colors!

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Is the method of harvesting eco-friendly? Different materials have different effects on the environment. Holmes says “The processing required to get marble or slate out of the ground isn’t so earth-friendly, and the methods of harvesting some hardwood forests, say in Brazil, are questionable.”  But here at Team Wicanders, we know that Cork Oak Trees are harvested by hand, by generations of farmers who’s families have worked with the Montado forests for many years. In fact, more than 100,000 people depend on cork production.

Are the methods of processing and shipping the product responsible? While it’s true that cork is shipped from Portugal, independent studies have shown that even with transport, cork has a negative carbon footprint- meaning that its use is actually beneficial for the earth by retaining CO2  –these forests are responsible for nearly 4.8 million tons of the world’s CO2 retention per year, and trees survive naturally for 150-250 years without any use of synthetic or chemical herbicides, fertilizers or irrigation. ‘The Economics of Climate Change’ report, also called the  Stern Review, stresses that deforestation, which contributes 20-25% of global carbon dioxide emissions annually, adds more to global emissions each year than all the world’s transportation!

Our beautiful Wicanders Cork Oak floors are made from the by-products of cork bottle stopper production!  And, Wicanders floors use Acrodur®, a purely water-based Eco-friendly binder by BASF. It contains no solvents such as the often used phenol-formaldehyde or urea-formaldehyde resins that give off harmful emissions. In a study done by Amorim, the production, use and disposal of wood floors yield 2.5 to 4 times more CO2 equivalents (per square meter) than cork flooring.  Luxury vinyl tiles produce 6.5 to 11 times more!

How is the product installed? Wicanders floors are quicker and easier to install than ever before. With their patented CORKLOC-design, Wicanders flooring saves time, energy, and reduces installation expense.  This easy installation paired with the durability of Wicanders tough, resilient surface finishes means that you won’t have to replace your floors any time soon.  Just another reason Wicanders flooring is sustainable.

How do you maintain the product? In order to maintain Wicanders Cork Oak Floors, all you need is a vacuum (or broom!) and a damp cloth…no harsh cleaning products, waxes or sealants for these floors! It couldn’t be more simple.

Is the material renewable? Harvesting stone or marble is not very Eco-friendly, because once those materials are removed from the earth, they do not come back.  When harvesting trees for hardwood floors, trees are cut down and take many years to grow back.  Cork Oaks are not cut down, only their bark is harvested every 9 years, and the cork grows back!

Don’t forget that Wicanders products count towards LEED credits for “Indoor Environmental Quality, Materials and Resources, Recycled Content, Rapidly Renewable Materials, Low-Emitting Materials: Adhesives and Sealants, and Innovation in Design!”  To learn more about Wicanders flooring, check out the 2007 Sustainability report (which you can find on the column to the right, labeled “corporate”)

These five questions are a great checklist for any and all of your next “green” purchases. Do you have another way to keep yourself in check? Let us know! We would love to hear!

Cheers,

Team Wicanders

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Cork: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

1 12 2008

We have found the perfect gift for the wine-lover in your family!

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Wineopoly! Just pop open your favorite bottle (sealed with a cork stopper of course!) and learn all about wine while playing Wineopoly with friends and family! We love this game because instead of using the regular Monopoly pieces like a hat, dog, or iron, Wineopoly uses grapes, a wine glass, and our favorite- a cork! The cork game piece reminds us of the beautiful Montados where the cork for wine bottle stoppers, and Wicanders Cork Oak Flooring is harvested. If you want to learn more about the Cork Oak Forests, you can check out our blog about the Save Miguel campaign, with a video featuring Rob Schneider.

Speaking of the Montados…Our new friends Chris and Leslie Kehmeier have been bicycling through Europe and made a stop in Portugal! They emailed some of their beautiful photos to share.

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Cork Oaks on the Portuguese Countryside

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A Cork Oak After Harvesting

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Cork Oak Bark

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Cork; Waiting to be Processed

Thanks for these gorgeous pictures Chris and Leslie…We can’t wait to see where your next adventures lead you!

Cork is the gift that keeps on giving. By using cork products, we reduce our carbon footprint, support the generations of farmers in Portugal who harvest these great trees, and help to preserve the eco-system where the trees are grown; an environment that is home to so many endangered animals. What a wonderful gift…

Cheers!

Team Wicanders

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Reduce your Thanksgiving Carbon Footprint

26 11 2008

girlWe all contribute to global warming when we do things like heat and cool our homes, drive our cars, and fly on airplanes.

In fact, the Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel periods of the year, with the number of trips Americans take to and from destinations of 50 miles or more away increasing by 54% during the six days surrounding the holiday.

There’s no way around it: traveling miles and miles to share a single meal or weekend with family and friends may not be the greenest of ways to spend the Thanksgiving holiday. Yet that’s what the holiday is all about: close family ties, good food, great fun, and sharing precious time with those we love.

The good news?

With the holidays right around the corner, there’s still time to green your home so you can welcome friends and family in style and make a healthy impact on the environment as well.cat

Want a simple way to reduce your carbon footprint? Look down to your floors.

Carbon offsets and personal carbon reductions provide viable solutions to global warming. The Montados Cork Oak Forests are responsible for nearly 4.8 million tons of the world’s CO2 retention per year. Amorim’s annual production of wine stoppers alone retains over 25,000 tons of CO2. And based on calculations by Ecobusinesslinks.com, by choosing Wicanders cork oak flooring, consumers can participate in offsetting the emissions of over 7,042 cars every year.

legosAnd now that you all know that The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) has awarded five product lines of Wicanders Cork Oak Floors with its prestigious GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified® product performance certification, and that our floors are also FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified, the choice is clear: with Wicanders, you can have a green home and eat your turkey too!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

See you next time…
Team Wicanders

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