Circular flooring partnership by Tarkett & IKEA
Tarkett, a global leader in innovative flooring and sports surface solutions offering a range of products including vinyl, linoleum, carpet, rubber, wood, laminate, synthetic turf and athletic tracks, is pioneering post-use flooring recycling in Europe.
Tarkett is working with IKEA in Stockholm to transform used Tarkett flooring from the IKEA Kungens Kurva store into new flooring. Tarkett secured 10 000 m2 of used vinyl flooring from the department store through their ReStart® flooring take-back and recycling programme and processed it at their onsite recycling facility in Ronneby (Sweden).
- This Tarkett and IKEA circular flooring project saved carbon emissions by avoiding the need to use raw materials (5.36kg CO2/m2 saved) and incinerate the old flooring (4.23kg CO2/m2 saved). This amounts to a saving of 9.6kg CO2/m2, according to their environmental product declaration and end-of-life scenario. For a surface area of 10 000 m2, this amounts to a total saving of 96 tonnes of CO2.
- The cleaning process in Ronneby runs on fossil-free electricity and results in negligible carbon emissions. The partnership between Tarkett and IKEA in Sweden and other European countries is ongoing, and so far over 35 000 m2 of used vinyl flooring has been or is set to be collected and recycled.