The Lacey Act and Flooring

by Chris Moline, LEED AP
The Lacey Act has been around since the early 1900’s and was initially set up to provide protection for wildlife. But its recent ammendment to make illegal the importation of any wood that was illegally logged will have a very positive effect on the flooring industry.
Illegal logging has affected the exotic hardwood segment of our industry by, in a sense, penalizing those who do the right thing because it inevitably costs more. In fact, over 50% of the hardwood flooring in the US comes is imported. It’s estimated that fully 18% of that imported stock is illegally harvested.
Below is a link to an interview with Anderson Hardwood’s Don Finkle regarding the Lacey Act.

Don Finkle on How Revisions to the U.S. Lacey Act Will Benefit This Industry

Christopher Moline, Residential Group Manager, Commercial Carpets of America 703-370-0000
Christopher Moline, LEED AP
Residential Group Manager
Commercial Carpets of America
703-370-0000
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One response to “The Lacey Act and Flooring

  1. I think this will level the playing field for the honest companies. The others can go to hell for what they do to the rainforest… not to mention the farmers lives and families.
    Nice work on Anderson’s part.
    Cheers

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