Environmental responsibility is a broad endeavor in which Tarkett is committed to being an industry leader. As winner of the BFM/Ernst & Young Green Business Award in 2011 and a member the KKR Green Portfolio program, Tarkett is consistently proving its dedication to environmental progress. The Tarkett approach is based on Cradle to Cradle® principles, which account for environmental impact across the entire life cycle of a particular product, from initial manufacturing to end-of-life. It is a circular approach to design that attempts to create a sustainable loop of production, use, and reuse, with minimal environmental effect and optimal product performance in the process. To achieve these goals, Tarkett divides the product life cycle into four groups: good materials, resource stewardship, People-Friendly Spaces, and Reuse and Recycle. These categories not only assist Tarkett in focusing our design efforts, they offer consumers a framework to evaluate sports flooring across its entire life-cycle. Environmental data for each of Tarkett Sports’ flooring options is presented in the context of these four criteria.

Good Materials

Good materials are safe for people and the environment. Ideally, they are capable of re-entering a technological or biological cycle, meaning they can be recycled into newly manufactured products or be returned to the ecosystem. Tarkett’s dedication to using good materials also involves meeting or exceeding all regulatory standards, such as the REACH program or California Proposition 65.