Designing for Life through Sustainable Design

Today, people spend the vast majority of their time indoors. That’s why we’re designing for Life - to help you create healthier, people-friendly spaces. We’re designing high quality, sustainable products made with healthy materials. And we’re committed to being responsible stewards of natural capital – to helping conserve natural resources, prevent climate change and protect our planet’s water supplies.

People-friendly spaces

In a context of ever-increasing urbanisation, the built environment is becoming more and more prominent. Tarkett is committed to developing solutions that will enhance quality of life and wellbeing in indoor environments. This is particularly important when you consider that we spend 90% of our time indoors.

Indoor Air Quality: Tarkett offers products with TVOC emissions that are 10 to 100 times better than the strictest standards. 96% of our floorings are low TVOC.

Heathy components: Since 2010, Tarkett has proactively developed alternatives to phthalates, investing considerably in R&D.Today, all Tarkett vinyl products manufactured in EMEA are close to 100% phthalate-free.

Comprehensive assessment:  Today, 96% of materials used in our products are continuously assessed by a third party according to Cradle to Cradle® criteria. Our goal is 100% by 2020. Tarkett optimises material selection according to Cradle to Cradle® assessment framework. iQ One,  Desso Ecobase® carpet tile backing and Originale Linoleum, reach Cradle to CradleTM Gold certification level.

Easy installation and maintenance: While eco-designing our products, we also take into account key sustainability benefits across the lifespan of our products
•    Easy installation and removal
•    Easy and sustainable maintenance

Preserving natural capital

The plants, forests, water, rock and soils that provide us with the vital products and services we need to survive, including clean air, water, food, energy and places to live.

Preserving natural capital means acting as responsible stewards of nature’s products and services, replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy, taking climate action, and reusing materials to conserve precious natural resources.

 71% of our raw materials today are either recycled, rapidly renewable, or abundantly available in nature. By 2020, we aim to reach 75%. 

In Europe, more than 60% of our wood is FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) or PEFCTM (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) certified.

Today, 67% of production sites are equipped with closed loop water circuits, or do not consume any water. By 2020, Tarkett aims to reach 100%. 

By 2020, we’ll reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, at our production sites, by 20%, compared to 2010 (in CO2 equivalent per product square meter produced). We do this though energy efficiency measures as well as green electricity supply or local production. 

Solar panels are installed in our carpet facilities in Dendermonde (Belgium) and in Waalwijk (the Netherlands), as well as on the roof of one of our key office buildings of our linoleum site in Narni (Italy).

Closing the Loop by following Circular Economy principles

As the world’s population grows, the pressure on natural resources and the environment is set to increase. We are Closing the Loop. We help you to manage your flooring waste while contributing to safeguard the world’s natural resources and protecting the environment. 

We turn flooring waste and secondary materials into high-quality new products.
We have transformed our business to accelerate our journey to a more regenerative, ecologically conscious economy – the circular economy – by eliminating waste throughout our products’ life cycle. 

We help our customers to manage their flooring waste through our ReStart® take-back programme.
Between 2010 and 2017, we collected 99,000 tonnes of flooring worldwide (including vinyl, linoleum and carpet)

We transform waste into high-quality resources. 
In 2017, we used 160,000 tonnes recycled materials as raw materials which represent 12% of our raw materials purchased.
As an example, our HE Tapiflex ranges contain from 21% to 30% of recycled content.

We partner with other industries:
•    With Aquafil to reuse discarded fishing nets in our carpets
•    With local water companies in the Netherlands to recover chalk residues from the water treatment process into our carpet backing
•    With the car industry in Italy to source PVB* from end-of-life car windscreens for modular resilient tiles

By 2020, we aim to send zero industrial waste to landfill.
In 2017, we reduced production of non recycled industrial waste by -31% vs 2015. We will also double the volume of collected post-installation or post-consumer flooring products, compared to 2010.

Driving Collaboration with Sustainable Business Partnerships

At Tarkett, we want to work together with our customers, employees and partners to do good for people and the planet.
That’s why we're Driving Collaboration. The world’s great sustainability challenges require co-operation and partnership across industries and throughout supply chains. 

We encourage our customers and all our stakeholders to join us in working toward positive change

We provide our customers and stakeholders with clear information about our sustainability progress, products and ambitions:

•    Our CSR report is comprehensive, publicly disclosed and audited by a third party.
•    We voluntarily disclose product information.
•    We set ambitious sustainability goals look for third-party certifications for our products and facilities.

We invite you to join our ReStart take-back programme. The waste is recycled at our factories in Sweden, Luxemburg and the Netherlands and turned into high-quality raw material.

We share expertise that enhances wellbeing. For example, we partnered with colour specialists, designers and education specialists to understand the impact of colours on the development and well-being of children in educational environments. We discovered, for example, that children’s capacity for memory is 55 to 78% higher when the child is surrounded by a colour he/she appreciates.

We work with NGOs, industry associations and governments and participate in collective action:
•    Participating in WEF
•    Member of Climate Leaders (COP21)
•    Member of CE 100 (orchestrated by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation) 

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Tarkett’s Sustainable approach is based on three pillars aligned on the Cradle to Cradle® principles: Designing for Life, Closing the Loop and Driving Collaboration