SOLON, OHIO—Demonstrative of its commitment to sustainability, Tarkett, a leader in innovative and sustainable flooring solutions, has received two GREEN GOOD DESIGN Awards for its Inspired Nature and LinoFloor xf2 & LinoWall xf2 collections.
Organized by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, GREEN GOOD DESIGN is an international program that recognizes new products, buildings, and construction and planning projects that have forwarded exceptional thinking and inspired greater progress toward a healthier and more sustainable universe.
One of Tarkett’s award-winning collections, Inspired Nature, is a carbon-neutral collection of modular carpet and Powerbond hybrid resilient sheet, along with a coordinating digitally printed LVT.
PVB Film from Recycled Windshields & Safety Glass
The collection’s modular options are offered on Tarkett’s ethos Modular with Omnicoat Technology carpet backing. Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver, ethos is non-PVC, made with PVB film from recycled windshields and safety glass, and contains 48 to 64 percent overall recycled content. Tarkett has analyzed and optimized 100 percent of ethos materials for human and environmental health. At the end of its life, Tarkett’s ethos Modular carpet tiles can be recycled through the company’s ReStart program, providing raw material to produce new ethos products. This example of Tarkett’s closed-loop recycling exemplifies the company’s continual progress toward a circular economy.
Inspired Nature’s hybrid resilient options are offered on Powerbond RS, the world’s first soft-surface floorcovering CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly by Allergy Standards Limited, a certification program operated in collaboration with the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Powerbond RS contributes to better indoor air quality with low VOC emissions, including a pre-applied adhesive. In testing, 95 percent of allergens were removed effectively with a simple dry vacuuming.
The second Tarkett collection recognized with a GREEN GOOD DESIGN Award, LinoFloor xf2 and LinoWall xf2 are carbon-negative from “cradle to gate.” The collection has been made with biobased, rapidly renewable materials in Tarkett’s Narni, Italy facility since 1898: linseed oil, pine rosin, wood and cork flour, and jute. The Narni facility operates with 100 percent renewable electricity, 34 percent self-generated energy, a 100 percent closed-loop water system, and 0 percent production waste to landfill.
‘As Much About Process as It is About Product’
“Effective sustainable design is a comprehensive approach to selecting and integrating products and processes that account for long-term consumer satisfaction and environmental conservation,” said Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, President/CEO of The Chicago Athenaeum. “Sustainability is as much about process as it is about product. Seeing design as a process empowers designers and manufacturers to better evaluate and anticipate the environmental, economic, and social impacts and costs of building and consumer products.”
Tarkett has long put sustainability at the forefront, intentionally designing floors with transparency to create healthier, safer spaces.
“The future of our planet depends on every link—in every supply chain, in every industry—working together to close the loop on waste and reduce the impact on climate change,” said Roxane Spears, Vice President of Sustainability for Tarkett North America. “We collaborate with scientific partners, non-governmental organizations, other industries, and our customers to drive improvement every day.”
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