For over 140 years, Tarkett has been a world leader in innovative and sustainable flooring solutions. They offer an extensive range of commercial flooring products including vinyl flooring, linoleum, carpet, wood and artificial grass. Tarkett has 12,000 employees and 34 industrial sites, and sells 1.3 million square meters of flooring every day for hospitals, schools, homes, hotels, offices, shops, sports fields and more. Their approach to sustainability is woven into the fabric of how they do business. When it comes to people and the planet, they don’t consider one without thinking of the other. They commit every day to the design of great spaces. This means exceeding indoor air quality standards, instituting healthy material norms, reducing their carbon footprint and creating a Circular Economy supported by Cradle to Cradle® principles.
Circularity greatly reduces Tarkett’s carbon footprint
They launched their first recycling-focused circular economy initiative in 1957 and they have experienced that circularity has a huge impact in reducing carbon emissions. Customers are able to be part of their journey towards a carbon neutral world by participating in their take-back and recycling programme ReStart®. Tarkett is the only flooring manufacturer in Europe to pioneer closed-loop recycling for linoleum, carpet tiles and post-consumer vinyl. Tarkett has already collected the equivalent of 11 Eiffel Towers (112,000 tonnes) of flooring over the past 11 years through the ReStart® programme.
With their eco-innovation strategy, Tarkett already reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 38% between 2010 and 2020. By 2030, the company will deliver a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions across its entire value chain and by 2050 they want to be completely carbon neutral.