With the popularity of hardwood floors on the rise, Viridian Wood wants to offer consumers products that are more environmentally responsible than traditional hardwood flooring made of virgin lumber.
The Portland-based company makes flooring, decking, counters and other architectural products using wood reclaimed from shipping crates, pallets and scrap lumber, discarded at local docks.
Last month, Viridian introduced two new exotic hardwood flooring products – both made of 100-percent recycled wood and certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Viridian’s new Jakarta Market Blend is a mix of dense hardwoods from the tropical lowlands of Asia, arriving in Portland as transpacific shipping crates carrying heavy steel railroad track. Available in four finishes – dark sort, light sort, tropical mix and rustic – this wood has a deep black oxide character from where the rail sat in the crates.
The other new product, Fishtail Oak, is an exotic oak species reclaimed from cargo shipping crates from the Port of Portland. The wood displays variations of chocolate, honey and cinnamon with tinges of burgundy, and the grain pattern, with its iridescent copper flecks, almost resembles the scales of a fish.
Viridian offers a range of other upcycled wood products, including paneling made from old-growth California redwoods used to make wine casks in the early 20th century, as well as tables made from old Douglas fir sports bleachers.