ECONYL® - Recycled yarn

ECONYL® - Recycled yarn

Sustainable activities are often defined in terms of minimising their environmental impact. The Cradle to Cradle® philosophy recognises that we all create an impact on the world we live in. The challenge is to make this impact beneficial for current and future generations.

Co-operation and commitment

From the onset, we recognised that in order to achieve our Cradle to Cradle® goal, co-operation and commitment is needed from key partners. Currently, over 50% of our carpet tile range is available with ECONYL® yarn.

ECONYL® is a yarn which is made from 100% regenerated nylon including discarded fishing nets and post-consumer yarn waste from our carpet recycling centre. This development has been accomplished in close collaboration with yarn supplier Aquafil.

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Econyl - discarded fishing nets

Positive impact

As part of our ongoing commitment to making a positive impact on health and wellbeing, Tarkett has joined Healthy Seas, an initiative to help clean up the seas, founded by ECNC Group, Aquafil and Star Sock.

According to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), there are approximately 640,000 tons of abandoned fishing nets in the oceans. The participation of Tarkett to the Healthy Seas initiative has the aim to contribute in recovering part of these abandoned fishing nets that are then turned into beautiful yarn and Desso carpets, thanks to the ECONYL® Regeneration System. 

As a company we support the Healthy Seas initiative. The initiative aims to remove waste, in particular fishing nets for the purpose of creating healthier seas and recycling marine litter into regenerated yarn, some of which is being used to produce DESSO carpet tiles.

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Part of the Cradle to Cradle philosophy

The Cradle to Cradle® philosophy recognizes that we all create an impact on the world we live in. The challenge is to make this impact beneficial for current and future generations.  We are not in the business of recycling for the sake of it. For Tarkett, the use of positively defined2  material which is safe for human use is at the heart of everything we do. 

1) 50% relates to the 2012 sales volume of products available with ECONYL® yarn in the commercial carpet tile collection. The total % of recycled content varies per product and per colour. Whether a colour contains ECONYL® yarn and the exact % thereof can be found on
2) Positively defined = all ingredients have been assessed as either Green (optimal) or Yellow (tolerable) according to the Cradle to Cradle® assessment criteria. As described in the Cradle to Cradle® Certification Program Version 2.1.1, prepared by MBDC September 2008, updated January 2011.