Design Style: Sustainability
Most Natural Cork flooring today is created from the post-industrial byproduct of the bottle-stopper industry, ground up and formed into sheets, then bound together using varying degrees of pressure. Unlike most trees where valuable resources are harvested from the lumber of the trunk, natural cork is derived from the bark of the tree, mostly harvested by hand during an active growing season with minimal impact on the environment. The thick bark is made up of millions of air pockets which create a strong, cushiony surface useful for many applications, including flooring.
Zebrawood is an exotic hardwood that evokes the striping of a zebra, with shades ranging from pale golden yellow with narrow streaks of dark brown or black, to a pale brown with irregular marks of dark brown in varying widths. Wenge (pronounced “wengay”) wood is a tropical timber of the Wenge Tree from Africa. The tree’s heartwood is very dark and dense with a coarse grain and a pattern of nearly black grains separated by dark brown grains. These stunning choices leave a light footprint on the environment, and won’t need replacement for many years to come.
Du Verre Hardware
Du Verre has recently adopted a die casting process in creating its hardware to reflect concerns about sustainability and the responsible use of resources and materials. Du Verre manufactures its die cast hardware using post-consumer recycled aluminum, which reduces the generation of air and water pollution by 95 percent, requires only 5 percent of the energy that would otherwise be used in production of new metals, and generates a small fraction of the greenhouse gasses normally expelled in this process.
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