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2012/01/23

Tarkett has been awarded with the Cradle to Cradle® Silver Certificate for its wood product range

Tarkett, worldwide leader in innovative flooring and sports surface solutions, has been awarded with the Cradle to Cradle® Silver Certificate for its multilayer parquet flooring ranges Epoque, Tango, Salsa, Rumba and Professional manufactured in Sweden and in Poland. Tarkett is the first wood flooring producer in Europe with Cradle To Cradle® certified products.

The Cradle to Cradle® certification is based on 5 criteria: material content, material reutilization/design for the environment, share of renewable energy and water stewardship during the production process and social responsibility principles.

The certification looked at the chemical composition of all materials in the products, assessing their effects on human and environmental health, as well as their ability to be recycled/composted. The Silver Certificate means that the ingredients used for the parquet are identified and assessed.

For the production process, the energy and water use have been characterized; water stewardship guidelines were signed based on Cradle to Cradle® criteria. As an example all sawdust generated at our sites is regenerated as energy for our plants or sold to third parties for energy production. For energy and water criteria, Tarkett’s parquet meets the requirements for gold level.

Our production sites are committed to continuous improvement. A new line for water cleaning is installed to clean waste water using biodegradation.

Regarding social responsibility, Tarkett is committed to the United Nations Global Compact 10 principles, has published a code of ethics and integrated global compact in procurements contracts.

Beginning of 2011, Tarkett signed a partnership with the international scientific institute EPEA (Environmental Protection and Encouragement Agency) to deploy the Cradle to Cradle concept.

This concept offers a new approach to the business paradigm and to corporate culture. Tarkett wishes to support eco-innovation without conflicting with economic growth and environmental commitment. Since 2009, the Group has been engaged in an ambitious sustainability strategy which not only aims at minimizing environmental impacts but also at designing products for reuse with a positive impact according to Cradle to Cradle principles.

Tarkett is the first French company to promote and adopt this concept both in its approach to new materials and in terms of product certification.