Tarkett’s Ethos modular carpet tile
Solon, Ohio— Tarkett received the Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Award in the Design category for its Ethos modular carpet tile with Omnicoat technology.
The Plastics Industry Association and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Sustainability Division launched the Re|focus Sustainability Innovation Awards during the 2019 Re|focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit held May 20-22 in Grand Rapids, Mich. The awards are designed to recognize companies that are pushing the boundaries of innovation — driving environmental advantages in product design, sustainable materials and end-of-life recovery. The winners in each category were determined by a jury, made up of members of the Plastics Industry Association and the SPE Sustainability Division, and were based on innovation, environmental impact and market impact.
“With 41 entries received, it’s an honor to be acknowledged with the Sustainability Innovation Award for Design,” said Sarah Robinson, product sustainability manager, Tarkett North America. “The Re|focus Sustainability and Recycling Summit is attended by a diverse range of industries such as cosmetics, apparel, automotive and healthcare. Each is passionate about transitioning from a linear to a circular and regenerative economy, and Tarkett is thrilled to be collaborating across industries to create sustainable solutions.”
According to the company, Ethos started with a simple idea: create a soft surface flooring solution from safe materials, while providing a positive environmental impact without compromising quality. The answer came from an unexpected place: broken windshields. In 2004, Tarkett was the first to harness the PVB film in recycled windshields and safety glass, creating a time-tested alternative to traditional carpet backing polymers. This PVB film is a responsibly sourced, post-consumer material that can be taken back through Restart, Tarkett’s closed loop recycling program.
The ingredients in ethos have been assessed rigorously by a third party to verify it contains no carcinogens, reproductive toxins or chemicals of concern such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and antimicrobial treatments. All Ethos products include Tarkett’s fluorine-free, Eco-Ensure soil protection technology, (a Cradle to Cradle Certified Platinum product for material health), emphasizing the company’s commitment to People-Friendly Spaces. In addition, Ethos became Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver v3.1, the first of its kind in North America, the company said.