The harmonious balance between nature and our modern world is perfected by PurParket.

Before our first plank was ever made, our goal has been not only to create floors that are not only beautiful to look at but also that are environmentally responsible and promote environmental sustainability. With a strong commitment to the world around us, our products are made with exacting processes for sustainable harvesting and promotion of regrowth.

PurParket floors are coated with a 100% VOC-Free oil that is derived from plants. Unlike a traditional stained floor, PurParket floors can be recoated as necessary to revive the finish without the need for re-sanding. Oiled floors also retain colour better than a standard pre-finished floor because the oils remain in the grain of the wood and work to protect the surface.

What is CARB and why is it important?

CARB stands for California Air Resources Board. It is a department of the California Environmental Protection Agency that was established in 1967. The main purpose of this board is to maintain and improve air quality, researching causes and solutions for air pollution.

The regulation has to do with reducing formaldehyde emissions from composite wood products, hardwood plywood, particleboard and medium density fiberboard (MDF). In the 2009 rollout of the CARB’s Airborne Toxic Control Measure (ATCM), formaldehyde emissions were capped at .08 parts per million (ppm). CARB Phase 2 went into effect in 2010 and has much lower formaldehyde emissions than the previous phase; set at .05 ppm. A main reason why the CARB ATCM is the strictest air quality measure is because it CAPS emissions levels.

CARB compliance is important because it ensures the air we breathe is healthy and free from carcinogens that can harm us. As of 2011, formaldehyde was added to the US federal government’s carcinogen list due to its health effects. Symptoms include nose and throat irritation, burning eyes, wheezing or difficulty breathing, headaches, and nausea. Formaldehyde is a colorless gas and is emitted from a variety of sources. In the flooring industry, it’s often used to make products including resins that are used as adhesives for composite wood products.

Although Canada does not have a regulation set as of yet, PurParket believes in the importance of providing products that set a standard for our industry.