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.
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.
Tarkett’s circular economy projects
Explore how Tarkett eco-designs products with recycled materials
to preserve natural resources across the world.
At our Suzhou plant, we source recycled marble locally from the interior decoration industry and give it a new lease of life in our EcoBond carpet backing.
Recycled PVB from safety glass and windshields is used in resilient flooring in Europe and in carpet backings in North America.
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.
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.
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.
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!
tonnes of flooring collected since 2010 via the ReStart® take-back & recycling programme, which is the equivalent of 11 Eiffel towers.
Restart® is active in North America, Brazil and Europe.
We collect and recycle vinyl, linoleum and carpet tiles – both post-installation off-cuts and end-of-use 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.
Changing the game on carpet tile recycling
Through our partnership with Aquafil, Tarkett can recycle 100% of a carpet tile.
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
…with our customers
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.
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.
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.
…with our partners
Tarkett has joined up with the REDD+ Business Initiative which aims to reduce tropical deforestation in the context of UN’s REDD+ framework, as referred to in article 5 of the Paris Agreement. In our common flagship project, called the Tambopata-Bahuaja Biodiversity Reserve, we support sustainable agro-forestry and forest conservation. The project protects 600,000 hectares of threatened Amazonian forest in Peru, while simultaneously restoring 4,000 hectares of damaged land. The project has already created 352 jobs and helped to avoid almost four million tonnes of carbon emissions.Erik van Zadelhoff,
Project Manager REDD+ Business Initiative
Estonian ash piles to turn into carbon negative raw material for vinyl flooring
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
Tarkett is committed to reducing its carbon footprint throughout its value chain. 10% of our carbon footprint comes from our own operations. We reduce it by improving the energy efficiency of our factories and by increasing renewable or non-fossil fuels.