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2013/02/08

Tarkett joins the “Circular Economy 100” program

Tarkett, worldwide leader in innovative flooring and sports surface solutions, is one of the first companies to join the "Circular Economy 100" program launched on February 8th 2013 by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. This program aims at creating a network of one hundred companies whose ambition is to promote the development of the circular economy, a model for economic growth based on circular re-use of materials and preservation of the world's resources.

As part of its sustainability strategy, Tarkett has already been engaged with eco-innovation for several years. Our objective is to develop products that could be re-used, at the end of their usage life, in our own production cycle or by other industries. We also benefit from our pioneering experience in recycling which started in 1957. Our involvement in this program will allow us to exchange best practices and continue our development towards a sustainable and responsible economic model,” explained Michel Giannuzzi, Chief Executive Officer of the Tarkett Group.

In 2011, Tarkett adopted the cradle-to-cradle approach, which promotes, in particular, eco-design with materials that better protect health and the environment. Thanks to tremendous work done on product formulation and manufacturing process improvement, Tarkett has already achieved significant results at each step of the product life:

Eco-conception

  • Three product ranges have been awarded with cradle-to-cradle® certifications¹.
  • Most vinyl products are made from a significant proportion of recycled materials and are all 100% recyclable.

Production

  • Water consumption² was reduced by 24% between 2010 and 2012, thanks in particular to closed-loop water circuits set up in half of the production sites.
  • Energy consumption² was reduced by 5% between 2010 and 2012 thanks to industrial improvements, including the implementation at some plants of energy production systems using biomass. For example, three quarters of our wood plants use sawdust to produce their electricity.
  • The volume of waste² sent to landfill was reduced by almost 20% between 2010 and 2012.

Usage

  • Since 2011, the Volatile Organic Compounds emission levels of a part of the vinyl flooring range have been ten times lower than the levels prescribed by European regulation³, thereby helping to improve indoor air quality.

Recycling

  • Collection and recycling circuits of post-installation and post-consumer products have been set up in France and Sweden (ReUse programme), and in the United States (ReStart and Infinity Initiatives).

 

1 – In 2011, C2C Silver certification for some wood and linoleum product ranges. In 2012, C2C “Basic” level certification for the rubber coverings manufactured under the Johnsonite brand in the United States.

2 – Indicators measured per m² of manufactured products (litres/m², KWh/m², g/m²).

3 – Europe: emissions fixed at 1000micrograms/m² TVOC at d-28. VOC emission levels of the uniform vinyl flooring range below detectable levels.