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Tarkett innovates for a better interior air quality with VOC Emissions ten times lower than European standards

Nanterre, January 15, 2011 - Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative flooring and sports surface solutions, attending Domotex trade show (January 15th to 18th, 2011), announces significant innovation in flooring industry contributing to improved interior air quality.

All floor coverings that Tarkett sells in Europe have VOC emissions 10 times lower than current European standards. This is the result of several years of advanced Research and Development, which led to innovative product formulations and optimized manufacturing processes and makes Tarkett an industry reference for VOC emissions reduction.

In addition, enhancing its balanced choice sustainability program, Tarkett has developed tags providing simple and transparent information about the content of its products and how they contribute to sustainable development, enabling customers to make a balanced choice.

 Sustainability is put in practice every day in the way we design and make our products. Tarkett’s ambition is to ensure better air quality in buildings and homes says Anne-Christine Ayed, Tarkett Vice-president of Research and Development.

Tarkett invites its customers to make their balanced choice

Tarkett’s approach to sustainability is called Balanced Choice. It is all about giving customers simple and clear information so they can make the right choice of flooring, balancing their project and budget requirements and the need for sustainable solutions.

Tarkett environmental strategy is based on four pillars:

1. Choose to use better materials – natural and renewable where possible.

Tarkett provides detailed information about flooring and its content. From this, customers can select more environmentally-friendly products based on content of natural and/or renewable raw materials, recycled content, recyclable in turn, and release of lower amounts of VOCs.

2. Select flooring produced with fewer resources

Every Tarkett product is manufactured to the highest environmental standards in facilities certified ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, with regular independent audits to assess environmental risks. Tarkett closely monitors four key indicators to ensure it continuously improves the use of resources: energy and water consumption, waste generation, recycling.

3. Ensure safer, healthier products that contribute to wellbeing in people-friendly spaces

Tarkett products contribute to the best indoor air quality in the flooring marketplace, and reduce the use of chemical cleaning agents, water and energy consumption, thanks to surface treatments, such as iQ and Topclean XP.

4. Reuse and recycle products through participating in recycling or by actively recycling

Tarkett actively proposes to professionals to join Tarkett ReUse – the industry’s largest flooring recycling programme. Since 1957, Tarkett has collected post-installation waste from worksites or installers in different countries which is then recycled, along with postproduction waste, into new flooring. Tarkett also recycles flooring at the end of its life, collecting materials that are recycled into products that range from road signs to piping. In 2009, Tarkett recycled over 77,000 tons.

Tarkett tag - clear and visual information for customers to make a balanced choice.

Tarkett has developed a series of clear and visual tags, to help its customers in their balanced choice. Each tag provides simple and transparent information about the content of each product and its impact on the environment. Available from January 2011 and displayed on every product literature and collaterals, the tags uses percentages to show:

- portion of raw materials that is natural and renewable

- how much recycled material it contains (mainly from waste during production and installation) and if the product can be recycled

- level of VOC emissions (TVOC in μg/m3 after 28 days)