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Thought Leadership

Setting The Stage

When it comes to sustainable approaches, Tarkett has been setting the stage since 1948 when we saw the innovation of three-layer parquet to minimize the use of hardwood. And it took off from there. Tarkett began recycling the frist PVC HO tile in 1957, and has been the industry leader ever since. In 1980, the start of systematic life-cycle cost assessment of our HO products to save water, energy and detergents was implemented by Tarkett. Replay tile & sheet, manufactured from post-consumer rubber tires, was introduced in 1996.  ReUse & ReStart® recycling programs became operational in North America in 2003, then included post-consumer recycling. In 2011 our Ecolibrium™ Bio-Based Wall Base that has received NSF 332 certifcation at the Platinum level. Johnsonite® is the first manufacturer to receive the Platinum level NSF 332 certification under this standard. Our Azrock Collection VCT also received NSF 332 Gold level certification and Harmonium xf™ received Cradle to Cradle® Silver Certificate and accepted into the USDA Bio-Preferred Program the same year. We also saw the elimination of phthalates in our vinyl products.

Our most recent accomplishments in sustainability include our now Asthma & Allergy Friendly™ certifcation for our iQ™ products. As time continues, we search for new and innovative ways that lead to a better tomorrow. We take pride in being a thought leader in sustainability and hope we can inspire others to do the same.

 

Diane Martel
VP of Environmental Planning & StrategyTarkett North America

As Vice President, Environmental Planning and Strategy, Martel serves as an internal and external spokesperson working with all divisions of Tarkett North America to develop and implement an environmental strategy and action plan and ensure message penetration across the industry. Martel is a member of the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) for Tarkett. She is also a member of the NSF-332 committee for developing a sustainable product standard and ASTM E-60 on sustainability.

Sustainability History

1948Innovation of three-layer parquet to minimize the use of hardwood. 1957Recycling of first PVC HO tile: Tarkett has been the industry leader in recycling ever since. 1996Introduction of Replay: Tile and Sheet manufactured from post-consumer rubber tires. 2003ReUse and ReStart® recycling programs operational in North america and introduction of rePLACE®, the world’s first demountable wall base.
2005ReUse and ReStart programs include post-consumer recycling. 2008ReUse and ReStart recycling efforts total almost 80 million pounds since its inception. 2010ReStart Program includes post-installation recycling of all products sold commercially in North america.
2011Ecolibrium™ Bio-Based Wall Base receives NSF 332 certification at the Platinum level. Johnsonite is the first manufacturer to receive the Platinum level NSF 332 certification under this standard. Azrock Collection VCT receives NSF 332 Gold level certification. Johnsonite’s Harmonium xf™ receives Cradle to Cradle® Silver Certificate and is accepted into the USDA Bio-Preferred sm Program. Tarkett Company signs agreement with Texas Carpet Recycling as recycling consolidator.