Tarkett announces the deployment of phthalate-free technology
Tarkett announces its decision to use phthalate-free plasticizers in its vinyl flooring production in Europe in 2014.
As part of Tarkett’s commitment to greater sustainability and eco-innovation, these new phthalate-free products¹ have been designed to improve indoor environment and air quality. The phthalate-free plasticizers selected by Tarkett are approved for food contact containers and can be used for toys intended to be placed in the mouth by children.
“Our eco-innovation program and commitment to sustainability are built around providing our customers with the very best products. Our aim is to offer more comfortable, healthy and people-friendly indoor spaces, without compromising performance and design experience,” explains Anne-Christine Ayed, Executive Vice President Research, Innovation & Environment for Tarkett Group. “The launch of this new generation of resilient flooring products sets another milestone on Tarkett journey towards environmental sustainability and will encourage the industry to follow in the coming years.”
Phthalate-free technology in the Group
Tarkett pro-actively started deploying the new phthalate-free technology in its North American production sites in 2010 and in its Swedish site in 2011. In Europe, the remaining four sites (France, Luxemburg, Germany, UK) will begin production of all phthalate-free residential vinyl flooring ranges² in January 2014 and by mid-2014 for all professional flooring ranges.
At the beginning in Europe, some products may still contain limited amount of phthalates coming from post installation recycled materials.
In the rest of the world, the production of phthalate-free flooring will be progressively rolled out in the coming years.
“This eco-innovation shows that Tarkett continues to be leading the resilient flooring industry, setting high market standards to answer consumers’ increasing demand for products that combine health, environment, performance and aesthetics,” explains Remco Teulings, President EMEA Division of Tarkett Group.
Our commitment to sustainability and eco-innovation
This decision is aligned with our longstanding commitment towards sustainability and eco-innovation in order to offer more comfortable, healthy and people-friendly indoor spaces, without compromising performance and design.
We regularly and continuously assess our materials to use the best available technologies on the market. Since 2011, we have applied the “Cradle to Cradle” principles in partnership with the German Environmental Protection & Encouragement Agency (EPEA), which supports us in eco-designing products and in becoming a “closed-loop” company. The objective is to assess and select materials that are good for people and the environment, and that can be recycled and reused as technical or biological nutriments at the end of the use of products.
Through our extensive industry and academic partnerships, we strive to constantly improve the composition of our products and their impact on the health and the environment at every stage of their life cycle.
1) The Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) recognizes Tarkett’s contribution to a healthier indoor environment through the asthma & allergy friendly certification™ of some vinyl flooring ranges that also use phthalate-free plasticizers (i.e. FiberFloor and iQ Natural).
2) In Europe, Tarkett’s Swedish site began producing phthalate-free vinyl flooring products in 2011, while the remaining four sites (France, Luxemburg, Germany, UK) will begin production
of all phthalate-free residential vinyl flooring ranges² starting in January 2014 and by mid-2014 for all professional flooring ranges. In North America, the on-going deployment started in 2010. Some products may still contain limited amount of phthalates coming from previous postproduction or pre- or post-consumer recycled materials.
3) Tarkett has become the industry reference for Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emission reduction - from 10 to 100 times lower than the strictest worldwide standards - contributing to better indoor air quality. All Tarkett vinyl and linoleum products manufactured in Europe have Total VOC emissions below 10 to 100 μg/m3 (after 28 days).
4) Since 2011 Tarkett has applied the ‘Cradle to Cradle’ principles in partnership with the German Environmental Protection & Encouragement Agency (EPEA), which supports the Group in ecodesigning products and in becoming a ‘closed loop’ company. The objective is to assess and select materials that are ‘good’ for people and the environment, and that can be recycled and reused as technical or biological nutrients at the end of the use of products. Deploying the ‘Cradle to Cradle’ approach at each step of the product life, Tarkett aims at re-using materials repeatedly without compromising on quality or value for customers, thus contributing to reduce the depletion of resources and waste production, while improving people’s well-being.
1- Excluding Recycled Content
2- Except for one collection representing around 2% of the European production