Indoor Sports Monthly – March 2013
Volume 2, Issue 6
True sustainability requires evaluating a floor across every stage of its life. This issue of Indoor Sports Monthly offers an overview of Tarkett's sustainability program, a review of 2012 activities, and information about indoor air quality in schools.
A Strong Year for Tarkett
In spite of an unpredictable global economy, the Tarkett group has proven its strength and commitment to growth in 2012 with an 11% increase in revenue, the acquisition of commercial carpet manufacturer Tandus, and some other exciting developments. Click the link above to view a video summary of the major events in the Tarkett Group over 2012.
An Introduction to Sustainability at Tarkett
Tarkett Sustainability Loop When it comes to the environment, Tarkett has a comprehensive approach that accounts for the entire product life-cycle. Using the cradle-to-cradle® approach of "circular design", each floor is constructed with the concept that it will be reintroduced to the manufacturing process at the end of its life or return to the ecological system as organic material. To outline the goals of each phase of the life, Tarkett categorizes the product life-cycle into the following four categories. These categories also offer consumers a way to evaluate the complete environmental impact of any floor offered by Tarkett.
The choice of materials that are safe for people and the environment, which enter into a technical or biological cycle
The responsible use of resources in our operations
The well-being of people during product use and maintenance
Reuse and Recycle The recycling at the end-of-life to eliminate waste and to design new products with good materials
Quick Facts: Indoor Air Quality and Schools
Indoor air quality is becoming a primary concern for schools, particularly in relation to asthma and allergies. Here are a few facts and figures related to the indoor air quality in schools.
- 15,000 schools have air that is unfit to breath1.
- Approximately 14 million school days are missed each year due to asthma2.
- More than 40% of surveyed school nurses report that children and staff are adversely impacted by avoidable indoor pollutants3.
If your school is concerned about indoor air quality, Tarkett Sports’ Omnisports can help. Omnisports has recently become the first indoor sports surface to be certified asthma & allergy friendly™ by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. This certification represents exceptionally low VOC emissions and low allergen retention.
1) Government Accountability Office: Health, Education, and Human Services Division, School Facilities: Condition of America’s Schools, GAO/HEHS-95-91 (Washington, DC: Government Printing Office, 1995): 2, retrieved December 2012 from http://www.gao.gov/archive/1995/he95061.pdf
2) Asthma’s Impact of Children and Adolescents. Atlanta: National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 8 June 2005.
3) Survey results released by the Association of School Nurses (NASN) and Healthy Schools Network, January 11, 2011.
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