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Sustainability - make your balanced choice

Tarkett is a leader in environmentally responsible manufacturing and sustainable product development.
Our approach is all about giving customers simple and clear information so they can make the right choice of flooring, balancing their project and budget requirements beside the need for sustainable solutions.
Sustainability is something we put in practice everyday in the way we design and make our products. We have focused on four key areas where customers can make a balanced choice:

Choose to use better materials – natural and renewable where possible
Tarkett gives you detailed information about our flooring and its content to help you select more environmentally-friendly products.

To enable you to make your balanced choice, every Tarkett product now has a tag showing the percentage of :
■ raw materials that is natural and renewable
■ how much recycled material it contains
■ if the product can be recycled
■ level of VOC emissions (TVOC in μg/m3 after 28 days)

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. We closely monitor key indicators of our consumption of water and energy, our recycling levels and the waste we generate to ensure we continuously improve in our use of resources

Ensure safer, healthier products that contribute to well-being in people-friendly spaces
When you choose a Tarkett product, you share our aim to enhance quality of life, particularly by improving air quality inside buildings and homes.

Tarkett’s products:
■ contribute to the best indoor air quality in the flooring marketplace, through VOC emissions ten times lower than current European standards
■ reduce the use of chemical cleaning agents and water and energy consumption, thanks to surface treatments, such as iQ and Topclean XP.

Reuse and recycle materials
You can also actively participate in recycling by joining Tarkett ReUse – the industry’s largest flooring recycling programme. Since 1966 Tarkett has collected post-installation waste in different countries to recycle into new floor coverings, as well as recycle flooring at the end of its life into products ranging from road signs to piping. Tarkett recycles over 77,000 tonnes per year.

Tarkett' Balanced Choice tag

Tarkett’s Balanced Choice tags provides simple and transparent information for our customers about the content of our products and how they contribute to sustainable development. This tag is a significant innovation in the flooring industry and will be marked on all Tarkett product information.

For each product, the tag 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)
■ if the product can be recycled
■ level of VOC emissions (TVOC in μg/m3 after 28 days)

Better indoor air quality - Tarkett’s commitments to VOC* emissions
Currently, all floorings that Tarkett manufactures have VOC emissions of less than 100 μg/m3 (TVOC after 28 days) contributing to better interior air quality. This makes Tarkett an industry reference for VOC reduction with floorings that have ten times less VOC emissions than current European standards. Tarkett’s ambition will go further in terms of VOC reduction, in order to ensure better air quality in buildings and homes. In addition, Tarkett has introduced Tarkospray, a unique water-based glue that improves conditions for installers for laying floors, while also considerably reducing emissions during installation. Tarkett is developing further eco-design innovations to bring its customers the best indoor air quality.

*VOC: Volatile Organic Compound.