Indoor air quality

The air we breathe is vital to our health and wellbeing. Yet the concentration of indoor pollutants can be two to five times higher than outdoors. The quality of indoor air is influenced by everything from ambient air pollution and fine dust to volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
Creating healthy environments

What are Volatile Organic Compounds?

Chemicals that are released indoors from everything including flooring, paint, furniture, electronic goods and cleaning products. They interfere with indoor air quality.

How we contribute to indoor air quality

We have taken a pioneering stance on lowering VOC levels since 2011, transforming our product ranges with healthier materials.

99%

of our flooring solutions have low or ultra-low VOC emissions between 10 and 100 times lower than the toughest global standards

VOC emissions are lower with Tarkett flooring

In some cases, our VOC emissions are so low, that they can’t be quantified. And we have achieved independent recognition too.

Our PVC flooring is recognised for its low and ultra-low VOC levels by independent air quality testing organisation Eurofins.

We have been working for over a decade to reduce VOC emissions from our flooring products. Installing a Tarkett product, guarantees a high level of indoor air quality. A product that respects human health and is made according to the principles of Cradle to Cradle® eco-design

Diego Gourdin,
Tarkett Research and Innovation Expert

To discover how our teams have succeeded in reducing VOC emissions well below the most stringent standards

To find out more about our low-VOC flooring

20% of the world population are suffering from asthma and allergies² 

² Prevention of Allergy and Allergic Asthma. Geneva, World Health Organization, 2003

339

million asthma sufferers are estimated globally.

We design flooring that contribute to improve indoor air quality and reduce the risk of asthma and allergies.

Our 3 main lines of action

Reducing VOCs

Lowering particulate matter

Screening all materials for potential allergens

International recognition

Our Omnisport flooring, specially developed for leisure and sports areas like our Iconik vinyl rolls and linoleum ranges have been awarded the Allergy UK seal of approval – valid in 135 countries – the highest level of accreditation.

Tarkett sports indoor

The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and Allergy Standards Ltd. (ASL) have awarded the CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® mark to all Tarkett FiberFloor® vinyl ranges, as well as to other products (iD Inspiration®, Acczent …). Certified products have extremely low volatile chemical emissions after installation, and contribute toward a healthier home and work environment. ASL’s scientific rigour ensures that Tarkett’s Environmental Social Governance policies not only have proven impact, but also create value by amplifying Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives

Kenneth Mendez, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America CEO & President

Dr. John McKeon, CEO Allergy Standards Ltd

Linoleum

Tarkett Linoleum contains up to 97% natural ingredients, including linseed oil, pine rosin, wood and cork flour, calcium carbonate and jute. All our linoleum collections have been awarded the prestigious Allergy UK Seal

Tarkett Linoleum contributes to good indoor air quality

To learn more about how our teams
have developed allergy-friendly flooring

To see our Material Health Statements (MHS) for more information on allergens screening

Dust particles

Particles in the air can lead to breathing problems or aggravate asthma. Some of these particles are tiny. To help clear the air, our scientists have developed carpet tiles that capture and retain fine dust until they can be vacuumed.

Tarkett carpet helps capture dust particles for indoor air quality

Clearing the air with Tarkett AirMaster

Scientists at GUI, Germany’s leading independent air quality testing organisation, have confirmed that our carpet AirMaster is four times more effective at capturing and retaining fine dust than standard carpet tiles. AirMaster received GUI Gold Plus label, the organisation’s highest possible accreditation, in addition to its Cradle to Cradle Gold certification.

Hygiene

The importance of hygiene has come into focus like never before in the wake of the Covid-19 crisis, highlighting the vital role of infection prevention and control in preventing infections and antimicrobial resistance, and particularly in healthcare and aged care settings.

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