Print version

Press Release
May 20, 2015

Nature Flooring Kicks Off Environmental Initiative
at Washington, DC Wangari Gardens

Nature Flooring of Exton, PA put its long-term environmental stewardship into action by planting trees, on May 16 at Washington, DC's Wangari Gardens. Founded in 2012, Wangari Gardens is designed, created, and sustained by the community for the non-profit benefit of the community.

The trees are the latest addition to the Wangari Gardens' effort to create a green oasis at the crossroads of Irving Street, Kenyon Street and Park Place NE in urban Washington, DC. Species of trees included are, Weeping Willow, Santa Rosa Cherry, Magnolia Tree, Sugar Maple and Willow Oak.

鈥淲e are honored to plant trees in this beautiful space, named after professor and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Wangari Maathai of Kenya," says Nature Flooring spokesperson Raymond Zhu, "As founder of the Greenbelt Movement, Wangari was instrumental in inspiring others to conserve the environment for a greener, cleaner world. We promise to plant more trees for a blue sky for our next generation."

The Wangari Gardens planting is another step in Nature Flooring's commitment to sustainable development and forest protection. Its parent company, Nature Home of China, has planted more than 20 pieces of ecological forests in China and Peru. The company, now celebrating its 20th anniversary, is serving as the zero-carbon partner of 2015 Milano Expo. Nature Flooring is a core member of the World Wildlife Fund's Global Forest & Trade Network.

"With each tree planted, we undertake the social responsibility for sustaining our world," says Mr. Raymond Zhu. "We guarantee our safer and healthy hardwood flooring to American customers through our green management."

All Nature Flooring products are responsibly harvested to ensure they are legally sourced and logged, and comply with formaldehyde emission standards set forth by the SGS Consumer Testing Services/California Air Resources Board. Nature Flooring meets standards set by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification, the world's largest forest certification system. Nature Flooring was the first Chinese hardwood flooring company to earn Forest Stewardship Council certification, signifying its products come from well-managed forests.

For more information about Nature Flooring, visit its website at

Nature Flooring employees presenting a $5,000 check to Josh Singer, community volunteer at Wangari Gardens, during the tree planting ceremony in Washngton, DC.

Photographed Left to Right: Raymond Zhu (CEO for Intl Operation Division, Nature Home), Josh Singer (Wangari Gardens), Hokpan Se (President, Nature Home), Jamann Stepp (CEO, Nature Flooring Industries)

Nature Flooring Industries CEO Jamann Stepp (Left) and Nature Home President Hokpan Se (Right), speaking to the guests during the Wangari Gardens tree planting ceremony.

Special guests posing for a picture during the event.

Front Row (Left to Right): Anna Nicholson (UL LLC), Leopoldo Sposato (IFC), Hokpan Se (President, Nature Home), Al Negahban (Beaulieu Asia), Patrick Lombardo (Morgan Stanley) Back Row (Left to Right): Raymond Zhu (CEO for Intl Operation Division, Nature Home), Jamann Stepp (CEO, Nature Flooring Industries), Karel Vercruyssen (Beaulieu America), John Cary (Beaulieu America), Kerstin Canby (Forest Trends), Kerry Cesareo (World Wildlife Fund 鈥�

Special guests planting the first tree during this great event!