Tarkett, a worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring, announced Monday, March 2, 2020 they are postponing their free CEU event on sustainable materials. It was originially scheduled for March 5 at the new Tarkett Atelier in New York City, located at 440 Park Avenue South. They released a statement saying, "Due to many company-wide travel restrictions regarding the Coronavirus, this event has been postponed. We will contact you once it has been rescheduled."

Titled “Earth Matters,” the AIA-accredited course (IDCEC accreditation pending) will explore how the reclamation and repurposing of waste can not only reduce environmental impacts, but also spark innovation in textiles, fashion, building materials and design. Philip Fimmano, partner at trend forecasting studio Edelkoort Inc., will lead the thought-provoking presentation.

“For too long, we have ruthlessly consumed our Earth’s assets and abused its resources. Forests become furniture, oceans are polluted and minerals are over-mined,” Fimmano said. “For future generations, it is crucial to consider a new approach: a transformation from over-consumption towards sustainable development that is in harmony with nature, with increased respect for our environment and for each other.”

The “Earth Matters” CEU is part of Tarkett’s Circular by Design exhibit, developed in collaboration with Edelkoort. Featuring the works of 10 artists and designers, Circular by Design brings together new material and surface innovations from around the world, with sustainable ideas curated with the A&D community in mind, under the mantra: the future is circular. The exhibit is the first in a series of planned panel discussions, presentations and curated exhibits that will be hosted at the Tarkett Atelier focusing on contemporary issues pertinent to the interiors industry, sustainability and creativity at large.

The modular, 10,000 sq. ft. Atelier was designed to serve as an inspirational co-creation and workspace for the architecture and design community, as well as a destination for hosting events and presentations. With a larger footprint in NYC, the Atelier offers the opportunity to experience all Tarkett solutions in one space and will house a variety of flooring platforms, including LVT, Broadloom, Modular Carpet, Powerbond, Rubber, Lino, VET, SVT and Vinyl Sheet.

As in all industries, the interior design sector is in a period of change, responding to the ecological challenges of our times by seeking more conscious strategies and the production of less waste. As a worldwide leader of innovative and sustainable flooring, Tarkett is committed to addressing these issues through the development of flooring products designed to have a long, meaningful life and at the end of use, can be repurposed back into new flooring through the ReStart reclamation program. Tarkett was the first in the North American flooring industry to reclaim and recycle modular carpet from the waste stream and the industry’s first North American manufacturer to third-party certify a closed-loop reclamation and recycling facility. Between 2010 and 2018, Tarkett collected 102,000 tons of post-installation flooring in Europe and North America through its ReStart program. The company is committed to operating within a circular economy by the year 2030.

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