Desso is the first carpet tile manufacturer to achieve Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Gold level certification for a new carpet tile collection.

The Gold certification is the culmination of seven years of hard work and effort, inspired by the goal of transitioning to the circular economy, based on C2C principles. The collection will be launched in all key markets in October, according to the manufacturer.

To reach this golden milestone, Desso has had to fulfill a broad range of tough environmental and human health criteria, as defined within the C2C Certified Product Standard. This is a framework for innovation, which shows that ‘designing with purpose’ makes perfect business sense and at the same time, positively impacts the environment and human health. Products are certified by the independent Products Innovation Institute, based in the U.S. Next to this collection, 93% of Desso’s commercial carpet tile range is C2C certified, at either Bronze or Silver level depending on the backing type, according to the manufacturer.

“Through the vision and hard work of our people and stakeholders we are delighted to have reached this important new milestone in our circular economy journey,” said Roland Jonkhoff, managing director, Desso, and vice president of carpet EMEA for Tarkett. “Alongside this, the innovations that are required on our path to becoming a C2C company, continue to contribute to our commercial success. This demonstrates to us and others that a business strategy coupled to strong CSR goals does underpin commercial success.”

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