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Designing for life

We are designing for life to create solutions that contribute to people-friendly spaces and respect the planet natural capital.

 

We eco-design with good materials
Since 2011, we’ve worked with the scientific institute EPEA to apply Cradle to Cradle® (C2C) principles throughout our activities. We have assessed thousands of ingredients to understand their impact on our health and the planet and continually seek to improve our products with new formulations and alternative ingredients.

"One Tarkett product alone can contain around 20 different raw materials, each of which we assess. To date we’ve assessed 98% of the Group’s raw materials according to Cradle to Cradle® criteria."  Maria Lucia Portocarrero, Eco Design Project Leader, Research & Innovation, Tarkett Group

We design flooring that contributes to indoor air quality and healthier spaces
Because indoor air quality is also impacted by the level of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions that come from paint, furniture or flooring, we decided in 2012 to start designing flooring with low or ultra-low VOC, and created new standards for the industry, doing good for our customers and users. In addition, we also contribute to healthier spaces using non-phthalate plasticizer technology: 100% of our vinyl production sites in Europe, North America, Serbia and China use non-phthalate plasticizer technology (except recycled content for certain products).

"Many customers, particularly in the education and healthcare segments, have welcomed our low VOC and non-phthalate flooring solutions, without trade-off in terms of design and performance. " Anne Riva, Category Manager HE vinyl, Sports Indoor & Accessories, Tarkett EMEA.



We preserve our natural capital, by responsibly stewarding water, energy and resources at our plants and continuously improving production processes through our World Class Manufacturing (WCM) program. We do this through limiting use of fresh water, through closed-loop water systems, switching to green energy sources and finding ways to reduce our greehouse gas emissions.

"At Tarkett, we are committed to continuously improving the environmental impact of our production and to use resources as efficiently as possible. Thanks to collective efforts, in 2018 we have decreased our water consumption per square meter produced by 43% vs 2010 and reduced our greenhouse gas emissions by 8.5% vs 2010." Antoine Prevost, Tarkett EVP R&D and Operations