SOLON, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Tarkett, the worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions, participated in the panel discussion “Let’s Talk About PVC,” at the 2016 Greenbuild® International Conference and Expo. Tarkett was represented by EVP of Research, Innovation and Environment, Anne-Christine Ayed. Panelists presented differing views around the responsible use of PVC. As an industry leader in the practice of using PVC responsibly in manufacturing, Tarkett welcomes other companies to join them in integrating the responsible use of PVC into their business models.
The lively discussion provided an overview of the current state of the industry, the improvements that have been made in the material selection process and the next steps needed to manufacture more sustainable solutions. The discussion was comprised of a number of Industry experts including: Bill Walsh, Executive Director at Healthy Building Network; Wes Sullens, Green Building Manager at StopWaste; and Michael Braungart, Founder and Owner of EPEA Internationale Umweltforschung GmbH.
“PVC, as a material, is inert but as an industry we are still dealing with issues around supply chain, additives and end of use,” Michael Braungart explains. “Companies such as Tarkett have taken a leadership role in promoting the safe, responsible use of PVC. It is important that we create a network of companies that will make a difference and incorporate the responsible use of PVC in their everyday business. We know that chlorine is here to stay in this transition period; let’s ensure it is sequestered in durable goods that will be recycled if made with good materials.”
Since 2011, Tarkett has worked to apply Cradle to Cradle principles and develops all new products with a closed-loop circular design approach. In September, Tarkett announced the implementation of their Material Health Statement. Tarkett’s MHS uses the chemical product evaluation results obtained through the Cradle to Cradle® material assessments performed on Tarkett products by the Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency (EPEA). Evaluation of all Tarkett products using this methodology is one of the company’s 2020 goals. To date, over 2,500 chemical products used at Tarkett have been assessed by EPEA.
Panel attendees earned two (2) GBCA and two (2) AIA credit hours upon completion of the discussion.
To learn more about Tarkett’s commitment to sustainability visit www.tarkettna.com/environmental.
With net sales of 2.7 billion euros in 2015, Tarkett is a global leader in innovative and sustainable solutions for flooring and sports surfaces. Offering a wide range of products including vinyl, linoleum, carpet, rubber, wood & laminate, synthetic turf and athletic tracks, the Group serves customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. With 12,000 employees and 34 industrial sites, Tarkett sells 1.3 million square meters of flooring every day, for hospitals, schools, housing, hotels, offices, stores and sports fields. Committed to sustainable development, the Group has implemented an eco-innovation strategy and promotes circular economy. Tarkett is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A, ticker TKTT, ISIN: FR0004188670). www.tarkett.com.