Environmental responsibility is a broad endeavor in which Tarkett is committed to being an industry leader. As winner of the BFM/Ernst & Young Green Business Award in 2011 and a member the KKR Green Portfolio program, Tarkett is consistently proving its dedication to environmental progress. The Tarkett approach is based on Cradle to Cradle® principles, which account for environmental impact across the entire life cycle of a particular product, from initial manufacturing to end-of-life. It is a circular approach to design that attempts to create a sustainable loop of production, use, and reuse, with minimal environmental effect and optimal product performance in the process. To achieve these goals, Tarkett divides the product life cycle into four groups: good materials, resource stewardship, People-Friendly Spaces, and Reuse and Recycle. These categories not only assist Tarkett in focusing our design efforts, they offer consumers a framework to evaluate sports flooring across its entire life-cycle. Environmental data for each of Tarkett Sports’ flooring options is presented in the context of these four criteria.
Good materials are safe for people and the environment. Ideally, they are capable of re-entering a technological or biological cycle, meaning they can be recycled into newly manufactured products or be returned to the ecosystem. Tarkett’s dedication to using good materials also involves meeting or exceeding all regulatory standards, such as the REACH program or California Proposition 65.
Conservation of resources in manufacturing is a critical factor for environmental responsibility. Tarkett implements resource stewardship by utilizing closed-loop water systems in production, decreasing energy consumption, and minimizing carbon emissions. Each Tarkett production facility is monitored quarterly in regard to water and energy use and all sites have action plans to reduce consumption annually based on a quantified target.
The health of people during product use and maintenance is a consideration that cannot be overlooked in the pursuit of environmental responsibility. It incorporates factors such as indoor air quality that can affect the well-being of individuals you suffer from asthma and allergies in particular. Tarkett is the flooring industry leader in producing products with exceptionally low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and exceeding all regulatory standards. In this way, Tarkett is committed to creating People-Friendly Spaces through healthier flooring options.
Reuse and Recycle
To create a truly circular product design, a product must be either be reused or recycled at the end of its useful life. It is a priority that the materials contained in flooring do not prevent it from being incorporated back into new products. Tarkett has as history of recycling as the industry’s largest recycling operation since 1957, including both pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled content.
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