Johnsonite rubber tile from Tarkett, recently achieved Cradle to Cradle Bronze Certification (C2C) under Version 3.0.
The certification, which is the first of its kind earned by a rubber manufacturer, can be used to help projects with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credit achievement.
“For more than 50 years Tarkett has been committed to proactively addressing environmental challenges in manufacturing and product development by developing solutions that contribute positively to the environment and the well-being of people,” said Diane Martel, vice president of environmental planning and strategy with Tarkett. “We are pleased to have become the first rubber manufacturer to earn Cradle to Cradle Bronze Certification."
The durability and “no finish required” maintenance schedule of the rubber tiles results in reduced upkeep costs and diminished environmental impact. The rubber options are made in the USA in an ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified plant, assuring quality and a positive environmental impact. Rubber is also recyclable.
Working in tandem with the scientific institute Environmental Protection & Encouragement Agency (EPEA), Tarkett is focused on developing and manufacturing products that are safe for people and the environment, and that can enter into a technical or biological cycle at the end of the use. EPEA values are based on intelligent, aesthetic and eco-effective design and are dedicated to optimizing products within the C2C framework.Tarkett extended its efforts globally and in 2011 began applying C2C principles in partnership with the EPEA in the eco-design of products across all global brands, moving toward a goal of circular, closed-loop design and manufacturing.
Transition and human intention are recognized by the C2C program as part of any successful protocol for continuous product improvement. According to the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard, “The goal of continuous improvement is not simply reducing the human and environmental impact of a product, but instead combines the progressive reduction of bad with the increase of good.” Manufacturers achieving the program standards are allowed to use the C2C certification mark on product labeling.
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