updated 10/6/2010 7:15:51 AM ET 2010-10-06T11:15:51

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., Oct. 6, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mondo, a global leader in the sports and contract flooring markets, today announced that the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute has awarded the prestigious GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification to 13 of its rubber flooring surfaces.

The flooring products that received certification are Advance, Geode MD, Harmoni, Highjolt, Mondoflex II, Mondotrack, Natura, Ramflex, Sport Impact, Sportflex, Sportflex M, Super X and Terranova, all of which also have earned GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certification.

GEI's Children & Schools Certification is awarded to products that meet strict criteria for chemical emissions, a consideration that is particularly important for products intended for use in schools, day-care centers and other environments where children spend significant amounts of time. While poor indoor air quality affects everyone, children are more sensitive than adults to exposure to chemicals in their indoor environments. The criteria for the GREENGUARD Children & Schools program takes into account the special sensitivities of children and approaches chemical emissions with a comprehensive and precautionary approach.  

"Research shows a correlation between asthma and poor indoor air quality," said Henning Bloech, executive director of GEI. "In fact, asthma rates have risen 160 percent in the last 14 years in children under the age of 5. This is why it is so important for Mondo's products to have achieved GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification, the strictest standard we offer. Products certified to this stringent standard have been screened for more than 10,000 different volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, ensuring the fewest possible chemicals are released into the indoor air."

GREENGUARD Certification is an industry-independent, third-party certification program for low-emitting products and materials.  All certified products are listed in the free online GREENGUARD Product Guide along with certificates that detail the criteria these products have met. GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification exceeds the California's Department of Public Health Section 01350, and certified products can contribute to the fulfillment of credit requirements in The Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) for K-12 schools, and for LEED certification.

A member of the U.S. Green Building Council, Mondo is committed to producing surfaces that do not harm the environment at any stage of the manufacturing process—from the time raw materials are harvested to production to disposal following their useful life, which can be 25 years or more.

"Mondo has always invested heavily in manufacturing durable, high-quality flooring that is safe for the people who use it—and for the environment," said Federico Stroppiana, president of Mondo North and South America. "Our rubber flooring products are antibacterial and antimicrobial throughout, and do not emit harmful chemicals, which is why schools, hospitals and day-care centers install Mondo products with the utmost confidence."

Mondo rubber flooring is made of sustainable materials including renewable natural rubber, natural fillers and color pigments that are free of lead and other heavy metals. The company's artificial turf products also are designed to be environmentally friendly, and are made with post-consumer recycled content and recyclable materials. Ecofill, Mondo's newest artificial turf infill, is a patented, environmentally friendly, factory-manufactured polyolefin-based granule infill. It is completely recyclable, which is an industry first.

About the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute

The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute aims to protect human health and improve quality of life by enhancing indoor air quality and reducing people's exposure to chemicals and other pollutants.  As an ISO-IEC Guide 65:1996 accredited, third-party organization, the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute certifies products and materials for low chemical emissions and provides a resource for choosing healthier products and materials for indoor environments.  All certified products must meet stringent chemical emissions standards based on established criteria from key public health agencies. GREENGUARD Certification is broadly recognized and accepted by sustainable building programs and building codes worldwide.  For more information and a complete listing of certified products, visit www.greenguard.org .

About Mondo

Mondo is the global leader in the sports and contract flooring markets, manufacturing flooring surfaces for virtually every application. More than 1,100 Mondo tracks and 800 Mondo artificial turf fields are installed worldwide. The official supplier of the athletic track for the past nine Olympic Games, Mondo also is the official supplier or official sponsor of more than 100 sports federations and associations.

The company supplies a wide variety of commercial flooring, and it is the world's largest producer of sports and toy balls with an average daily production of 450,000 units. In addition, it manufactures large luxury yachts under its Mondo Marine division.

A family-owned business since its founding in 1948, Mondo sells its products in more than 196 countries. The company's global headquarters are in Italy, and it has manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. More information about Mondo is available at www.mondoworldwide.com .

Mondo and Ecofill are registered trademarks of Mondo.

The Mondo logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=5765

GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified and GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified are registered trademarks of the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute.

GREENGUARD Certification Program is a service mark of the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute.

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