CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Tarkett, worldwide leader in innovative flooring and sports surface solutions, is one of the first companies to join the "Circular Economy 100" program launched on February 8th, 2013, by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. This program aims at creating a network of one hundred companies whose ambition is to promote the development of the circular economy, a model for economic growth based on circular re-use of materials and preservation of the world's resources.
"As part of its sustainability strategy, Tarkett has already been engaged with eco-innovation for several years. Our objective is to develop products that could be re-used at the end of their usage life, in our own production cycle, or by other industries. We also benefit from our pioneering experience in recycling, which started in 1957. Our involvement in this program will allow us to exchange best practices and continue our development towards a sustainable and responsible economic model," explained Michel Giannuzzi, Chief Executive Officer of the Tarkett Group.
In 2011, Tarkett adopted the cradle-to-cradle approach, which promotes, in particular, eco-design with materials that better protect health and the environment. Thanks to tremendous work done on product formulation and manufacturing process improvement, Tarkett has already achieved significant results at each step of the product life:
1 – In 2011, C2C® Silver Certification for Lenza, Tonali, Veneto, Veneto Acoustiflor, Etrusco, Toscano and Allegro Harmonium xf™ linoleum product ranges. In 2012, C2C® "Basic" level Certification for the rubber coverings manufactured under the Johnsonite brand in the United States. Additionally, wood products manufactured and sold in Europe received C2C® Silver in 2011.
2 – Indicators measured per m2 of manufactured products (litres/m², KWh/m², g/m²).
3 – TVOC measurements done under ASTM 05116.
With a turnover of 2.3 billion Euros in 2012, Tarkett is the world leader for innovative and sustainable solutions for flooring and sports surfaces. Some 10,700 employees and 38 production units serve Tarkett customers in more than 100 countries. Since January 2007, Tarkett has been jointly owned by the Deconinck family (50 percent) and private equity funds affiliated with KKR (50 percent).
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