Circular Economy

For many, waste is a source of energy and greenhouse gas emissions. For Tarkett, waste is a precious raw material with very low carbon footprint, because where others see waste, we see opportunities. We are shifting to a circular economy.

Creating a second life for waste

At Tarkett, we’re committed to a sustainable, circular economy that creates value for everyone, closing the loop on waste, preserving natural resources and reducing our impact on climate change to give you peace of mind on your product choice.

With circular economy Tarkett turns waste into new products
Carpet recycling center in Waalwijk – Netherlands

Tarkett’s circular economy projects

Explore how Tarkett eco-designs products with recycled materials

to preserve natural resources across the world.

Our ProMax HydroFlex sports infill solution is made of 30% recycled polyethylene sourced from end-of-life artificial turf fields.

Tarkett sources recycled fishing nets for its carpet tiles through an innovative partnership with Aquafil.

In our Toronto sports plant, we are making sports field underlay from 99% post-industrial waste, sourced from the automotive industry.

Eco Shell rubber flooring uses walnut shells left over from local walnut farms.

Recycled PVB from safety glass and windshields is used in carpet backings in North America.

European sourced olive cores, corn cob and cork is used as artificial turf infill material.

Spotlight on EcoBase: transforming chalk into carpet tile backing

In the Netherlands, we established a partnership with drinking water companies to upcycle waste chalk into stabiliser for our Gold-level Cradle to Cradle certified Tarkett EcoBase® carpet backing. A great example of circular economy.

EcoBase carpet tiles at Tarkett

Join our ReStart® take-back & recycling program

It all starts with the collection of end-of-use flooring for recycling. Once sorted, these used floors are processed using unique technologies that separate the components and remove the adhesive. Each component can then be reused to make a new floor covering. This is how we close the loop!

Restart program at Tarkett for circular economy


tonnes of flooring collected since 2010 via the ReStart® take-back & recycling programme, which is the equivalent of 12 Eiffel towers.

Restart® is active in 29 countries.

We collect and recycle vinyl, linoleum and carpet tiles – both post-installation off-cuts and end-of-use flooring.

Tarkett and Ikea recycled flooring
Pioneering post-use recycling: a story with IKEA

We recaptured 10,000 sqm of used vinyl flooring from IKEA department store in Stockholm, Sweden and made it into flooring for the IKEA store in Jönköping. This climate-friendly project has saved close to 100 tonnes of CO2 emissions. This is equivalent to the amount of carbon captured by 5,500 trees grown for 10 years.

Tarkett and Aquafil for circular economy
Changing the game on carpet tile recycling

Through our partnership with Aquafil, Tarkett can recycle 100% of a carpet tile.

Tarkett and vinyl recycling
Pioneer in vinyl recycling

This latest breakthrough means vinyl flooring can be collected, cleaned and recycled across Europe

 Introducing Tarkett’s Circular Selection

Tarkett’s Circular Selection is a collection of flooring that’s designed with circularity in mind. It’s available all across EMEA

Circular collaboration

…with our customers

Circular economy with Tarkett and Gecina
Gecina, Paris

Tarkett removed and recycled 38 tonnes of used carpet tiles from the Paris headquarters of real estate giant Gecina, transforming them into new carpet tiles at our carpet recycling centre in Waalwijk.

An example of circular economy at Moscone Center
Moscone Center, San Francisco

San Francisco’s largest convention centre needed a renovation. Tarkett removed 70 tonnes of carpet tiles and recycled them at our Dalton site in Georgia, USA, replaced them with carpet using 45% recycled content.

Tarkett solution for Rotterdam city's Sportscampus

Rotterdam City’s Sportscampus

Our sports plant in Germany created 35,000m2 of new artificial turf by recycling six of Rotterdam City’s football pitches.

Circular collaboration

…with our partners

Estonian ash piles to turn into carbon negative raw material for vinyl flooring

Pär Larshans

Tarkett is an excellent example of a company that shares our vision and commitment, and with whom we work closely. Our mission is to transform Estonian ash waste into calcium carbonate while capturing carbon dioxide. This mineral filler turned carbon sink will be used by Tarkett for the manufacturing of its future vinyl flooring.

Pär Larshans,
Sustainability Director at Ragn-Sells Group,
Swedish environmental company
Empreinte carbone chez Tarkett

Carbon Footprint

The building and construction industry can make a major difference when it comes to climate impact and preservation of resources, as they represent 39% of global GHG emissions (production, transport & incineration) and 60-70% of total waste*. As a leading flooring manufacturer, we have a significant opportunity and responsibility to create change in our industry.

Tarkett propose des solutions bas carbone

Low Carbon Solutions

Tarkett is committed to reducing its carbon footprint throughout its value chain. Only 9% of our carbon footprint comes from our own operations: the other 91% comes from raw materials, transportation, installation and incineration of our products at the end of their life. We are improving the energy efficiency of our factories and are increasingly using renewable or non-fossil fuels.