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Environmental Responsibility


Tarkett’s environmental philosophy is simple. Be proactive rather than reactive. We don’t only seek to limit negative impacts. We want our products and operations to contribute positively to the environment and quality of life.

Closed Loop Design

Our environmental responsibility starts with our closed loop, circular design model. This product design approach focuses on the four steps of the product life cycle:

  1. The choice of good materials in the design of the products.
  2. The responsible use of resources in our operations.
  3. The well-being and health of the people during product use and maintenance.
  4. The recycling at end-of-use to eliminate waste and to design new products with good materials.

Our products should contribute to a healthier environment at all stages of their life cycle, so we've placed this approach at the forefront of our innovation strategy. The Cradle to Cradle philosophy, which we've lived by since 2011, is one example of this revolutionary approach. By designing products for infinite reuse, we are providing a positive contribution to people and the environment. In doing so, we motivate our employees to be creative, leading to discovery of new sources of profitable growth and environmental effectiveness.


Select good materials that are safe and can be reused or repurposed. Using good materials will lead to increased recyclability of all installed floors, keeping waste from landfills.

Maintain healthy and safe environments

Tarkett began using a new generation of phthalate free plasticizer in the production of its homogeneous vinyl, vinyl composition tile, vinyl enhanced tile, solid vinyl tile (Cortina Grande) flooring and vinyl and rubber wall base in 2011. We will continue to look for alternative plasticizers that are natural, renewable or environmentally friendly in the production of all of our vinyl flooring to ensure safe and healthier environments. Tarkett announced in September 2013 the implementation of phthalate free technology in Europe.

Rapidly Renewable Raw Materials

Tarkett incorporates rapidly renewable and natural products and by-products in many of our formulations such as linseed oil, walnut shells, cork and rosin.

Recycled Content

Most Tarkett products contain pre-consumer recycled content. Post-consumer content is found in many North American products. This post-consumer recycled content may come from used floors recycled into new VCT or windshield glass used in Azterra, Color Essence and Cortina Grande.


All Tarkett facilities in North America and Western Europe have earned the ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certification. In order to receive ISO 14001 certification, the environmental management system (EMS) at each manufacturing site must undergo a comprehensive, on-site audit to determine whether it meets the ISO 14001 requirements. Receiving these certifications provides assurance to our employees and clients, as well as the community and regulatory agencies, of Tarkett’s commitment to reducing our environmental impact, to continually improving our systems and to reaching our goals of sustainability.

All of our plants have reduced energy consumption by as much as 20 percent through various strategies, such as the use of T5 fluorescent bulbs in 40 percent of our production areas and soft-starts on 35 percent of our equipment.

Tarkett is also implementing closed industrial water circuits in order to use 80 percent recycled water.The importance of measurement.

At Tarkett, we use Environmental Performance Indicators to measure and evaluate the success of our environmental systems. We call these forms of measurement Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), which show how much water and energy are used to make a square meter or linear foot of our products as well as how much waste per square meter we generate. A valuable tool in helping us measure our continual improvement, KPIs will help us reach our goals of reducing water, energy and waste.

Design wellness solutions 
  1. Most Tarkett commercial products are FloorScore certified for high-quality IAQ. Most Tarkett products have TVOC emissions of 100 ug/m3 or less, which is two times better than the most stringent industry standard, and we intend to reduce the emissions of all Tarkett commercial products sold in North America to 10 micrograms (or less) per cubic meter. All of Johnsonite’s homogeneous sheet and tile, AzterraTM, I.D. Inspiration, Color EssenceTM, Cortina Grande® and Azrock VCT boast TVOC emissions equal to or less than 10 ug/m3, making their emissions nine times lower than the most stringent indoor air quality standard in North America. I.D. Inspiration and iQ products received the Asthma & Allergy FriendlyTM certification looking at the floor as a system. This system (installation, product and maintenance) will not act as a trigger for asthma & allergies.
  2. Design safe floors that are eco effective to install and maintain. Tarkett floors require fewer chemicals for maintenance, which improves indoor air quality and reduces the amount of chemicals to impact the waste stream.
  3. Design Aesthetic: Productivity increases in happy spaces.
  4. Design safe floors. Rubber, linoleum and vinyl flooring provides a resilient surface that offers shock absorption, softer acoustics and a warmer surface than other resilient flooring options. Tarkett continually searches out design solutions that provide new functionality. Tarkett’s Research and Development team is already working on design solutions with new functional attributes.
Closed loop manufacturing

Tarkett manufacturers products in a closed loop system. Little is wasted or sent to landfill, but instead is reused or repurposed in the manufacturing process.

When material cannot be recycled back into Tarkett products, we partner with recycling companies to find a future use for all our material. For example, unrecyclable rubber becomes playground mulch and linoleum becomes compost. The goal for each of our plans is zero landfill; in our processes we reuse materials as much as possible or recycle externally as an alternate solution.

Our flooring technology allows us to reuse, or redistribute for other use, nearly all of our pre-consumer flooring and tread scrap. Raw-material excess, scrap and off-spec product is currently captured and reused in the manufacturing process or repurposed for other uses. Not, that same capability also allows us to reuse or repurpose uninstalled job site remnants. And, post-consumer or installed Vinyl Composition Tile is eligible for the ReStart Program, too.

What is Cradle to Cradle?

Cradle to Cradle

With the support of the German Scientific Institute EPEA, the approach aims at assessing and choosing product materials that can be reused in technological cycles (i.e.: materials reprocessed into flooring or other applications) or biological cycles (i.e.: natural decomposition). Based on Cradle to Cradle principles and the circular economy approach, we aim at re-using materials indefinitely without compromising on quality or value for our customers. That’s why we have defined a new product design approach, integrating environmental sustainability at the four main steps of the product life-cycle: select the good materials, use resources in a responsible way in our operations, provide well-being to people during product use and maintenance, reuse and recycle at the end of use.

What is a circular economy?

A circular economy involves the indefinite use and transformation of materials to make a continuous positive contribution for people and the environment. Aligned with Cradle to Cradle principles and the circular economy approach, Tarkett strives to become a closed loop or circular company. Beyond the objective to reduce the depletion of non-renewable resources, this means rethinking products, manufacturing processes and business models according to the principle of positive contribution on each of the three dimensions: people, the environment, and economic development and profitability. Tarkett hosted Dr. Michael Braungart, founder of the Environmental Protection & Encouragement Agency and co-founder of Cradle to Cradle®, to discuss material innovation and sustainable thinking for building.