Tarkett’s Path to Positive Optimization Strategy
It is estimated that we spend approximately 90% of our time indoors, therefore, it is important to consider the building materials with which we surround ourselves. Our goal at Tarkett is to design products that will enhance the human experience and allow us to live and work in spaces that promote health and well-being. Transparency or material reporting is essentially the first step but in order to make real and significant changes, we need to go a step further and not only inventory, screen and assess, but also optimize products for present and future uses. Tarkett believes that manufacturers need to go a step further and not only inventory and screen, but also assess and optimize products for present and future use. To that end, Tarkett worked in partnership with the Environmental Protection and Encouragement Agency (EPEA)* to develop the Material Health Statement (MHS).
At Tarkett, the optimization of our product compositions is at the core to our “Closed Loop, Circular Design” strategy powered by Cradle to Cradle® principles and the Circular Economy. Our goal is to design our products today to be our raw materials of tomorrow, applying the first Cradle to Cradle® principle (Waste = Food), to select healthy and safe materials that can be perpetually cycled.
The Cradle to Cradle Product Optimization process is based on the following 4 steps:
Material Inventory: In collaboration with our suppliers, we inventory the raw materials used in our products to 100 ppm (parts per million) and identify them by Chemical Abstracts Service Registry Number (CASRN)
Material Screening: Individual chemicals are screened for their hazard rating using the Green Screen List Translator (GS-LT), along with more than 100 chemical hazard lists and scientific sources of toxicological information.
Material Assessment: The product and its materials are assessed according to the Cradle to Cradle® principles and considering both the intrinsic hazard/safety properties of chemicals and occupant exposure. The product’s environmental and health quality is assess on the basis of a target scenario where materials involved in sourcing, production, use and post-use handling can serve as technical nutrients for future production or interact beneficially with exposed organisms and ecosystems as biological nutrients. The assessment is conducted by EPEA (Environmental Protection and Encouragement Agency), the European Cradle to Cradle scientific research Institute based in Germany. For more information, please visit the EPEA website.
Optimization: Products are reformulated using Cradle to Cradle® principles, by selecting materials that are safe, healthy and beneficial for humans and the environment and that can be perpetually cycled. To date, over 2,500 chemical products used at Tarkett (representing 80% of their raw materials used) have been assessed by EPEA, with a goal to have all chemicals evaluated by 2020. *The EPEA - founded by Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart, co-founder of the Cradle to Cradle® design framework - conducts Cradle to Cradle® assessments based on the precautionary principle. Tarkett has been working with the EPEA since 2011 in the transition to become a circular economy company.
Optimization: By using this third party material assessment methodology, our goal is to select materials that are safe, healthy and beneficial for humans and the environment and that can be perpetually cycled.
Material Health Statements
Baseworks - Download the MHS Product Ingredient Disclosure
Harmonium - Download the MHS Product Ingredient Disclosure
iQ Natural Homogenous Flooring - Download the MHS Product Ingredient Disclosure
iQ Granit Homogenous Flooring - Download the MHS Product Ingredient Disclosure
iQ Optima Homogenous Flooring - Download the MHS Product Ingredient Disclosure
Omnisports flooring - Download the MHS Product Ingredient Disclosure
Rubber Sheet - Download the MHS Product Ingredient Disclosure
Rubber Stair Treads - Download the MHS Product Ingredient Disclosure
Rubber Tile Collection - Download the MHS Product Ingredient Disclosure
Tandus Centiva Ethos Modular - Download the MHS Product Ingredient Disclosure
Tandus Centiva Victory® Series Luxury Vinyl Tile - Download the MHS Product Ingredient Disclosure
Veneto Acoustiflor - Download the MHS Product Ingredient Disclosure
Veneto Essenza Natural Clay - Download the MHS Product Ingredient Disclosure
The MHS is a third-party verified product ingredient disclosure and material assessment declaration that uses the chemical ingredient evaluation results obtained through the Cradle to Cradle material assessment process. After materials are evaluated, they are given a color-coded rating, making it easy to read and understand. Evaluation of all Tarkett products using this methodology is one of the company’s 2020 goals.