Radical transparency about materials used at Tarkett

Radical transparency

Complete transparency on our materials. Peace of mind for you.

At Tarkett, when we say we’re committed to offering our customers the highest quality materials that contribute to a healthier and better environment, we mean it. And to us, meaning it means proving it, using scientific methods and then sharing extensive details about the impact of our products in a totally transparent way.

Radical transparency about materials used at Tarkett

It’s why we have an eco-design approach that follows internationally recognised assessment criteria, like Cradle to Cradle®. 98% of our materials are independently assessed by third parties to ensure they measure up to our exceptionally high health and environmental standards (which are often far higher than the recognised industry standards). And we’re not ones to settle for ‘good enough’. We’re always on the lookout for ways to optimise our existing materials or switch them out for even better alternatives, because we believe we can always do better.

Radical transparency about materials used at Tarkett

Our transparency philosophy also led us to create highly detailed Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) and Material Health Statements (MHS) to share detailed information with our customers, collaborators and NGO challengers about the environmental impact of our products, based on life cycle analysis. Unique in the marketplace, the MHS is an independently verified, science-based declaration highlighting the health risks and hazards of materials in a particular product, down to the very lowest level.

Radical transparency about materials used at Tarkett

We believe everyone should be able to clearly see and understand exactly what goes into the products they choose and the impact such materials have. It’s why we’re committed to total transparency to build the trust needed to make positive change in our industry and beyond. Moving us toward a more sustainable and safe, circular economy. Transparency also gives you peace of mind that your Tarkett flooring is a good choice.

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Understanding EPDs

By providing customers with EPD statements that highlight the environmental impacts of a product, we have already gone beyond the requirements of evolving building regulations and sustainable building certifications. EPDs are based on life cycle analysis and are central to our sustainability strategy as they allow us to identify ways to improve the environmental footprint of our products.
However, for non-experts they are often complex to understand, focus primarily on environmental, rather than health aspects, and do not disclose in depth detail about the health risks or impacts of individual ingredients. The Tarkett MHS bridges this information gap, providing accurate information on the hazards and risks of each material.

Introducing Tarkett’s MHSs

The Tarkett MHS is an independently verified, science-based declaration highlighting the health risks and hazards of materials in a particular product, down to 100 ppm (0.01%). By introducing the MHS, we are complementing the environmental data provided by our EPDs.
Easy to understand and unique in the marketplace, the Tarkett MHS also represents the first step towards Cradle to CradleTM certification and the continuous optimisation of our products. The third-party assessment of our materials is conducted by the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA). Since 2010, the EPEA team has assessed more than 3,000 Tarkett materials according to C2C criteria.

In this way, architects, designers and engineers will be able to achieve higher sustainable building scores, meet existing and future building regulations, reduce waste and promote the safe recycling of good materials in a circular economy.

Tarkett and EPEA statements

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For more information about MHS and Tarkett’s approach to transparency, please download our transparency white paper.

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