Gaia, according to Greek mythology, was the goddess of the Earth. She emerged at the dawn of creation, giving birth to the Earth and all the Universe. Today her spirit lives on, inspiring us to better understand our connection to the Earth, Sky and Sea, and do whatever we can to protect our sacred environment.
Conejo Hardwoods supports the "Gaia Theory", put forward by independent scientist and environmentalist James Lovelock, who sees the Earth behaving as if it were alive, and notes that anything alive can enjoy good health, or suffer disease.
We want to keep the Earth in good health. Our own health, and that of all living organisms, depends upon it. Respecting Gaia is at the core of everything we do at Conejo Hardwoods.
Conejo Hardwoods is committed to managing our forests well to ensure their health now and into the future. We carefully select suppliers whose practices protect and sustain forested lands. Their manufacturing processes are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an international organization that promotes responsible forest management around the world.
The air we breathe indoors is as important as the air we breathe outdoors. At Conejo Hardwoods, we ensure that our flooring products and accessories - for example, our adhesives and floor maintenance supplies - contain low to negligible volatile organic compounds (VOCs), so that they meet optimum indoor air quality levels. And we conduct ongoing third-party laboratory testing to measure and confirm our success. We are certified regularly by reputable international organizations like Scientific Certification Systems (SCS).
As a matter of practice, Conejo Hardwoods holds itself to CARB Phase II standards and requires third-party inspections at all of our certified mills. These standards are based on California's CARB Phase II laws, which limit the amount of VOC's (Volatile Organic Compounds), like formaldehyde, which can be released into the air, to levels that are determined to be very safe and responsible. They are the highest indoor air quality standards that exist in North America, and are superior to the EO indoor VOC emission standards that currently exist in Europe.
• Sustainable resources
• Selective harvesting
• VOC control
• Solvent and formaldehyde-free finishes
• Anti-bacterial treatment
• Residue recycling
• Environmental certifications