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March 13, 2023

MFMA Reinforces Its Commitment to Sustainability and the Health Benefits of Natural Wood Flooring

Recent Chemical Spills Highlight the Harmful Effects of Materials Used in Synthetic Floors


In response to the recent train derailment and chemical spill in East Palestine, Ohio, MFMA—the authoritative source of technical information about hard maple flooring and corresponding systems—is calling attention to its longstanding commitment to 100% natural wood harvested and milled in North America. 


“Unlike alternatives, maple wood flooring does not rely on potentially harmful chemicals, nor does its production negatively impact the environment,” said Executive Vice President Steve Bernard. 


Many synthetic flooring options rely on a variety of plastics, including polymer polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which have been linked to numerous forms of cancer and other diseases. Likewise, plastic production has long been connected to environmental concerns — both the harmful chemicals they contain and their contributions to ever-expanding landfills. 


Conversely, natural maple hardwood floors can contribute to improved indoor air quality. Unlike synthetic alternatives, wood floors don’t harbor microorganisms or pesticides that can be tracked in from outdoors, and they minimize the accumulation of dust, mold, and animal dander.


Maple flooring is made using natural wood from trees that can be regrown, and MFMA mills follow the standards for responsible forest management set by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), which unites individuals, businesses, governments and NGOs around the goal of protecting our forests. 


“Whether it’s in a high school gymnasium, professional basketball court or local community center, MFMA maple flooring is an integral part of our lives,” Bernard said. “MFMA is committed to providing solutions that are healthy for our communities and our planet.” 



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