HMTX Commercial and HMTX Global Divisions Join Teknoflor in Purchasing REDD+ Carbon Offsets
NORWALK, CT, Jan. 31 – HMTX Industries announced that its HMTX Commercial and HMTX Global divisions have expanded their carbon-neutral product portfolio with the purchase of REDD+ verified carbon offsets. Under the REDD+ conservation strategy, revenues from the sale of verified emissions reductions are used to finance sustainable development opportunities for local communities while protecting areas from deforestation and preserving biodiversity.
In addition to previously purchased verified offsets for the Teknoflor brand’s bio-based Naturescapes HPD and Natures Tile and Plank HPD flooring, the US-based HMTX Commercial has purchased verified carbon offsets for its Aspecta Contours product line. HMTX Global has followed suit for its new Aspecta Excellence and Contours collections, which include residential and commercial dryback (2.5 and 3.2 mm), Loose-Lay (5.0mm), and Isocore Rigid-Core Click flooring (8.0 mm).
Said HMTX CEO Harlan Stone, “This is another step towards our never-ending goal of reducing our carbon footprint across all aspects of our business: not an end, but positive steps along the path to carbon neutrality.”
Community-based, wildlife-centric voluntary REDD+ projects, supported by private sector market finance, have already delivered approximately 400 million tons of emissions reductions over the past decade by directly addressing the drivers of deforestation in highly threatened forest landscapes. Under the REDD+ conservation strategy, revenues from the sale of verified emissions reductions are used to finance sustainable development opportunities for local communities while protecting areas from deforestation. These results have been verified through repeated independent third-party audits, based on science-based standards developed through open multi-stakeholder processes.
HMTX’s purchased verified carbon offsets will support the Mai Ndombe REDD+ Project, which protects 300,000 hectares (741,000 acres) of critical bonobo and forest elephant habitat within the Congo Basin, the world’s second-largest intact rainforest and important wetlands on the planet. This project reduces the principal drivers of forest and biodiversity loss and is charting a new pathway for community prosperity through comprehensive investments into the surrounding local communities, which are among the least economically developed in the world. Such investments include building and renovating schools, providing healthcare services (such as access to immunizations), supporting food security and nutrition (such as through agricultural diversification), and providing capacity building activities that empower local communities.
Improved healthcare is one of the most important activities in the Mai Ndombe REDD+ project given the poor health and nutritional status of community members across the project area. Over a third of children under the age of five are malnourished and at high risk for malaria, together leading to a high mortality rate of 220 per 1000 children. To alleviate this healthcare crisis, new facilities are continuing to be built in the zone with a total of eight facilities currently supported by the project.
“Protecting the climate, reducing human suffering, and increasing biodiversity are indistinguishable causes,” said Rochelle Routman, HMTX Chief Sustainability + Impact Officer. “The positive impact to this delicate and important ecosystem is extremely significant and with this action, HMTX Industries is also addressing its customers’ needs for carbon neutral flooring.”
For more information about the Mai Ndombe REDD+ project, visit https://everland.earth/projects/mai-ndombe/
ABOUT HMTX GLOBAL:
HMTX Global, with headquarters in Oud Gastel, The Netherlands, is a proud member of HMTX Industries, LLC, a global specialist in LVT flooring serving the residential and commercial sectors. HMTX Global’s product and brand portfolios, including Aspecta™, Allure™ and OEM private label collections, feature high-quality LVT flooring solution with excellent surface textures, superior design and color, as well as durability, safety and warmth underfoot. Sales activities and operations span more than 40 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. With experience of more than five decades, HMTX Global develops innovative beautiful flooring products that enable residential consumers, architects, and installers to work comfortably and efficiently.
ABOUT HMTX INDUSTRIES:
Headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, HMTX Industries is a global flooring company serving a diverse cross section of the construction and renovation marketplaces. The HMTX family of companies includes: Halstead, the leading supplier of resilient flooring to the home center market; Metroflor, its signature residential brand in North America; HMTX Commercial with the Teknoflor™, and Aspecta™, brands; and HMTX Global, which serves end users worldwide with diverse channel partners focused on Aspecta™ and Allure™, and OEM-private label brands.
As a global leader in sustainable practices, HMTX sets industry standards for quality and performance as well as superior product design. Its manufacturing processes, workplaces and product ingredients all reflect a significant dedication to sustainability, transparency, and societal impact. HMTX has received numerous accolades for innovation, supply chain performance, online excellence, and customer partnership.
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