Wood is an extraordinary material.
A resource that grows in abundance and is able to naturally renew itself naturally.
Wood is light, resistant, exudes warmth and is particularly welcoming(has a particularly welcoming feel to it).
Wood is flexible, guarantees high performance, is excellent for sound-proofing and above all lasts in time: this is why it has always been one of the most important construction materials.
But the use of wood also represents a very simple way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the main cause of climate change.
Wood has in fact carbon-absorbing properties taking place in forests (Carbon Sink) and, in wood-based products such as floors, has carbon-retaining abilities (Carbon Stock).
Elegant in its naturalness, wood is the raw material used to produce Itlas floors – more than thirty years of history and experience which became passion and love for its own products and for the wood of which they are made.
Wood has an essential role in the battle against climate change.
As forests help to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, using wood-based products stores Co2.
By storing the Co2 originally incorporated in trees, wood products extend the period in which carbon dioxide is withheld from the atmosphere.
Increasing the use of wood is therefore a simple way of reducing the emissions that cause climate change.
Wood is a versatile, renewable raw material that at the end of its first life cycle can be re-used, recycled or employed as a source of energy. It is important to bear in mind that wood flooring production generates very little waste: residue, shavings and sawdust produced during processing are used to provide heating. Energy from wood is Co2 neutral. As a source of energy, production rejects and waste represent the final stage of wood’s virtuous circle. Wood provides a practical alternative to fossil fuels that avoids the need for disposal in dumps. Because it returns only the Co2 taken from the atmosphere through growing trees, burning wood does not contribute to global warming or the greenhouse effect.
Raw materials used by Itlas for its wood flooring come from PEFC or FSC® certified forests managed responsibly to sustainable economy standards. The company selects its materials directly, taking part personally in the most important timber auctions. Most of the wood flooring placed on the market by Itlas is in oak wood from French and Serbian certified forests. Since 2009 the company has also been using Italian beech wood from the PEFC certified Cansiglio Forest.
Goodbye plastic bottles. In 2020 ITLAS, perfectly in line with its environmental sustainability campaign, decided to eliminate bottled water for in-house consumption.
ITLAS packing is increasingly green oriented. Cardboard boxes (recyclable) have been joined by 100% recycled shrink pack and 30% recycled bubble wrap.
In 2020 all the lighting in our production facilities, warehouses and stores was provided with LED lamps that consume 40% less energy than neon.
FSC® Certified Paper
As part of its environmental commitment, the paper Itlas uses is FSC® certified. The FSC® international certification system guarantees that strict environmental, social and economic standards are observed in manufacturing wood or paper products.
We buy ECOPALLET® certified pallet, made with PEFC certified timber and produced using renewable energy.
We buy green certified electric energy, with the aim of saving 1.300 tons of Carbon Dioxide each year and of moving forward towards carbon neutrality.
In 2011 the company took a huge step towards clean energy by installing photovoltaic panels: 4,172 panels covering the 3,304.22 square metres of our new factory’s roof.
A grid-connected system with three generators and four inverters, 372.570 kW annual power and 370,755.66 kWh annual energy production.
Last year this move resulted in the company reducing emissions of equivalent Co2 by approximately 45% and of ozone-depleting substances by over 55%, as well as avoiding the continued consumption of non-renewable resources.