Over 70 years ago in Stockholm, Sweden an idea sparked into life. Textile waste became rag rugs and Bolon was born. In many ways, founder Nils-Erik Eklund was ahead of his time and today, his ability to see opportunity where others couldn’t still inspires Bolon.
The man who lit the Bolon spark was founder Nils-Erik Eklund. Today, his grand daughters Annica and Marie keep the spirit alive. Since 2003, they have been on a mission – to make Bolon a design-led innovator and fuse the conservative, traditional flooring branch with the boundless creativity of the world of fashion. Bolon has collaborated with world-renowned designers and architects and working with international brands makes them even more proud. However, pride is one thing and complacency is another – and standing still has never been an option here at Bolon.
This is the continuing story of Bolon – and we sincerely hope that through its innovative, challenging and world leading flooring, it becomes your inspiration.
In modern-day business, having a sustainable outlook is no longer a choice but a
necessity. Bolon is keeping the manufacturing in Sweden as this makes sense both in
terms of shorter transports and logistics, but also allows full control of the production process; the PVC flooring is produced without added phthalates; and the factory, warehouse and
offices are cooled by geothermal means, using locally drawn groundwater rather than refrigerants that damage the ozone layer.
The collection Flow was Bolon’s first recycled flooring, and was a product of the company’s recycling plant located in the Ulricehamn factory. Bolon also secured the process that grinds and modifies old bits of flooring into granules that can then be bound and reshaped into a new material, starting the cycle over.
The plant also has an impact that stretches outside the company itself. Bolon accepts waste products from other manufacturers. Getting rid of dangerous substances and recycling materials demand both time and financial commitment, but Bolon also prides itself on smaller but equally important actions that help the environment, whether that is using clean energy or filtering out particles in the factory air.