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Environmental Sustainability

At Karndean Designflooring, we pride ourselves on environmental awareness in the supply and maintenance of our products worldwide and are committed to the continual improvement of our manufacturing and logistical processes.


Our Products

Use Sustainable Materials

Did you know the key raw material in our product (PVC) is manufactured using salt, a truly sustainable resource? PVC is the same trusted material used in vital medical equipment, including heart and lung bypass tubing, and is the second most widely used polymer in building and construction. 

The process of creating our products from raw materials to the factory and transporting them to your local retailer

Our products' wear layers use high-quality 100% virgin PVC, with recycled PVC as part of the remaining layers.

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Low VOC Vinyl and Adhesives

All Karndean products have been independently tested by FloorScore® and are proven to be very low emitting in VOCs (volatile organic compounds), meeting the strictest standards for air quality and making our products safe for use in your home.

Our adhesives are water-based and solvent-free and have extremely low VOC emissions.


Low Impact Cleaning and Maintenance

Our K-Guard+® protective coating reduces the need for harsh and odorous chemicals to maintain our products and keep them looking their best.

Karndean clean products and distilled water and vinegar for cleaning

Are Designed for a Long Life

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Our products offer an expected lifespan in excess of 35 years for domestic use, which typically accounts for 80% of the environmental impact of the product. Any products where adhesive has not been used may be uplifted and re-used or simply recycled.

All of our products have an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD). This objective report is independently verified and registered by FloorScore and is based on a life cycle assessment (LCA) of our products. 


Have Environmental Accreditations 

US Green Building Council LEED badge
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California prop 65 red list free badge
NSF sustainability certified badge
SGS Assure Certified rigid core flooring


Incorporate Responsible Packaging and Logistics

Our packaging is made using recycled material and our shipping partners participate in the FedEx EarthSmart initiative and SmartWay program.


Corporate Responsibility

Factory and Warehouse Practices

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Products are manufactured in factories certified to the ISO 9001 Quality Standard and ISO 14001 Environmental Standard, which means we are committed to continuous improvement of environmental performance, including systems to control water usage, and product packaging made of 100% recycled material.

US-based distribution centers use high density racking to maximize capacity and minimize impact.

Karndean corporate warehouses and offices are actively engaged in innovative energy-saving techniques, including daylight harvesting lights, skylights and LED lighting.

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Recycling Programs

More than 200,000 lbs. of pre-consumer cutting waste from our USA facilities is sent to recycling plants each year for reuse in products such as parking cones, garden hoses, rubber sheeting, roofing material and some interior car parts.

Our aim is to remain a leading supplier of LVT worldwide and to have a market leading environmental record of achievement through the continual development of sustainable products and processes.

Driving a Circulatory Mindset

ResiLoop is an initiative of ARFA to research and design an Australian resilient flooring product stewardship scheme. The project received funding from the Australian Government through the National Product Stewardship Investment Fund. Resilient flooring in Australia contributes an estimated 60,000 tonnes of waste each year to landfill, 9,000 tonnes of which has never even been walked on!

ResiLoop is being designed as part of the local industry's pathway to a circular economy, by tackling this waste issue, starting with waste generated during the installation process. Karndean is a signatory to the ResiLoop Collective Action Statement along with the 14 other manufacturer/supplier members of the Australian Resilient Flooring Association, as well as other major industry stakeholders including a number of major Commercial flooring contractors, the Green Building Council of Australia, and Choices Flooring. In signing the Collective Action Statement, organisations are confirming their support of ResiLoop’s goal, objectives, and key principles.

Biophilia and the part it plays in sustainability to enhance health, performance, and wellbeing

Humans need nature in order to thrive. Yet, to do this sustainably requires resource consumption to be minimised, finding a balance within our ecological systems to ensure the longevity of resources for future use. An integrated approach that understands and implements the human need for nature within a built space and recognises the need for balanced resource consumption and environmental preservation, can achieve both health and wellness goals.