Tarkett, a worldwide leader of innovative flooring and sports surface solutions offering a wide range of products including vinyl, linoleum, carpet, rubber, wood, laminate, synthetic turf and athletic tracks, has introduced a take-back ReStart program in Europe and North America to collect not only its own flooring but also flooring from its competitors and customers. The program helps customers to manage their flooring waste from job installation, collecting off-cut and used vinyl, linoleum and carpet flooring. After collection, Tarkett sorts and selects flooring that can be used as a source of quality raw materials in its own production process.
To promote healthy, sustainable materials and conserve natural resources, Tarkett is adopting Cradle to Cradle principles for its own products and is recycling waste from other industries. Some examples:
- recycling discarded fishing nets in its carpets
- recovering chalk residues from a local water treatment process into its carpet backing
- sourcing PVB from end-of-life car windscreens for modular resilient tiles & carpet backing.
To boost its ReStart program, Tarkett:
- collaborates with partners to implement cost-effective local take-back logistics, making it easy to sort and recycle for customers, and
- eco-designs its flooring systems that contribute to creating healthy interior spaces, keeping good materials and recycling in mind.
Tarkett is sharing best sustainable practices, for example by showing sustainability in action via the Green Tours at its production sites. This helps Tarkett customers see how they can work with Tarkett to develop recycling and engage employees on its sustainable journey. Tarkett has created Green Tours at its production sites in Narni (Italy), Clervaux (Luxembourg), Ronneby (Sweden) and its largest vinyl site in Otradny (Russia). In Luxembourg, for example, participants learn about initiatives ranging from separation of residual raw materials and recycling PVC scraps, to water and energy saving initiatives.
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Main results at Tarkett, according to its 2017-2018 Sustainability Report:
- Recycling vinyl production started in 1957 at the Sweden production site, and there are now 7 recycling centres across the world.
- 99 000 tons of flooring were collected between 2010 and 2017 through the Tarkett inside ReStart® programme in Europe and North America (collection of post-installation and post-consumer flooring: vinyl, linoleum or carpet).
- 160 000 tons, i.e. 12% in volume of raw material used are recycled into Tarkett products.
- 96% of its raw materials are third-party assessed according to Cradle to Cradle® criteria (more than 3 000 to date).
- 71% of its raw materials do not contribute to resource scarcity, as they are abundant, rapidly renewable or recycled.
- 96% of its flooring products are low VOC* (Total Volatile Organic Compounds).
- 100% of its vinyl production sites in Europe uses non-phthalate plasticizer alternative.