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Being inspired by nature is the beginning

  • From January 1st of 2019
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  • of CO2 sequestered by the cork oak forest.

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Every step leaves a mark and ours is Climate Positive

Amorim places nature as the starting point for a better future, investigating and creating flooring solutions that ensure a higher quality of life while preserving and protecting the environment.

With respect for nature and wellbeing on its core values, Amorim has reached a remarkable CO2 negative footprint in its entire processes, helping to reduce the Global Warming potential.

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  • Sustainable by heart

  • Green production process

  • Sustainable products

Sustainable by heart

Legacy

Corticeira Amorim group started its activities in the cork stoppers industry. Soon the industry realized the waste resulting from that production was too valuable and could be used to develop other products, such as flooring.

Amorim flooring is the purest outcome of a Circular Economy model that aims to turn waste and used cork stoppers into a valuable and sustainable product. 

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Environment

Cork harvesting is an environmentally friendly process during which not a single tree is damaged. The bark regenerates itself after each extraction in preparation for the next harvesting. 

A harvested cork oak tree absorbs 5 times more CO2 from the atmosphere, helping to reduce global warming. 

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No trees are damaged or cut during harvesting.

Economy

WWF estimates that more than 100,000 people are economically dependent on cork-related business activities.

Cork harvesting is an activity that requires experience and high skills, to prevent damaging the tree during the process. Therefore this activity is the highest paid agricultural job in the world.

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Social Impact

Harvesting is a handcraft work that requires a deep knowledge of the forest and the technique. Thus to be able to perform this activity takes several years of training, a know-how that crosses family generations.

Cork harvesting is a regular and cyclical process, creating a continuous activity that contributes to settle people in areas at risk of desertification.

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The industrial process

The industrial process

Amorim sustainability also focuses in the production process, making it a green and sustainable one. 

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4x less carbon emission vs standard wood floor production.

Nothing is wasted, everything is transformed.

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    Reincorporation of waste

    A production where any cork waste and surplus is collected, granulated and reincorporated in the production process, originating a fully integrated process that leads to a lower carbon footprint. 

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    Biomass

    Because nothing gets lost at Amorim, even the dust from the production lines is vacuumed and conducted to silos, where it is burned to generate energy through biomass. 65% of the energy used in Amorim’s factories comes from burnt cork dust, a process that is CO2 neutral.

Sustainable products

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Indoor air quality

Wicanders ensures a purer and cleaner air for you and your family. We proud ourselves to have several Indoor Air Quality certificates, that certify that no harmfull particles are present in Wicanders products living up to our promise to provide well-being in every room.

All Wicanders’ product ranges are TUV and a+ certified.

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    Wicanders products are awarded with the GOLD certification a stricter certification criteria that ensures that a product is acceptable for use in environment s such as schools and healthcare facilities.

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    In January 2018 Wicanders was the first flooring company to achieve TÜV certification at its highest level -Premium. TÜV-PROFiCERT is a transnational certificate for VOC-emission and air quality, certifying that a product complies with different national regulations such as AgBB (Germany), Belgian VOC regulation, Finnish M1, BREEAM, LEED v4 (outside North America), RAL -UZ 120 and Austrian Eco Label (Guideline UZ 56).

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    French certification, that classifies products according to their level of VOC emissions. Wicanders products have been classified at the highest level (A+).

Environmental performance

Respect for nature is at the core of our existence, therefore making sure our processes and products respect the highest standards in environment protection is embedded in our culture.

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    A production where any cork waste and surplus iscollected, granulated and reincorporated in the production process, originating a fully integrated process thatleads to a lower CO2 footprint.

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    Because nothing gets lost at Wicanders, even the dust from the production lines is vacuumed and conducted to silos, where it is burned to generate energy through biomass. 65% of the energy used in Amorim’s factories comes from burnt cork dust, a process that is CO2 neutral.

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    Because nothing gets lost at Wicanders, even the dust from the production lines is vacuumed and conducted to silos, where it is burned to generate energy through biomass. 65% of the energy used in Amorim’s factories comes from burnt cork dust, a process that is CO2 neutral.

60% of wicanders’ products are CO2 negative.

Sustainable building

All of our products contribute with points to LEED and BREEAM certifications - the American and European certifications for sustainable construction and projects.

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In 2018 93% of existing wicanders’ products had 64% or more of natural materials in its composition.

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