Tarkett continues to grow its sustainability team, reporting that Rachel Palopoli, director of circular economy, and Rachel Berkin, sustainability product manager.

As director of circular economy, Palopoli will oversee the Tarkett take-back program, ReStart, which has collected over 112,000 tons of vinyl, linoleum and carpet globally since 2010. With more than 20 years of recycling experience, Palopoli will evaluate and establish take-back pathways for each product type, as well as evaluate internal waste streams.

While Palopoli will focus on products’ end-life, Berkin will help uphold the rigorous sustainability standards Tarkett has set throughout product conception. This includes facilitating the implementation of healthy materials, product certifications and related processes, working with both internal and external partners.

Tarkett has also taken recent steps to further elevate product development. Since September, Omoleye Simmons has led these efforts as vice president of design for the company’s commercial business, a newly created role to demonstrate Tarkett’s commitment to leading the industry in on-trend flooring solutions for any space.

In February, Simmons welcomed the addition of Rachelle Roberts as director of design for soft surface. In her role, Roberts will be responsible for directing the design development of impactful soft-surface products. Along with several key design initiatives, Roberts will collaborate with the entire product design team to develop coordinated flooring solutions for all market segments, focusing heavily on education, workplace and senior living environments.

See a recent new product launch from Tarkett: Tarkett's Even Plane LVT Improves Office Acoustics.