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Sustainability in Flooring: Innovations & Insights from the Recent Seminar

Posted on August 6, 2023


Sustainability in Flooring: A Deep Dive into Resilient Flooring & Future Trends

In a gathering shaded by recent thoughts on sustainability, figures from varied realms—specifiers, designers, and developers—came together beneath a singular canopy of interest: the environment and its harmonious dance with flooring. Particularly under the lens were resilient floors, with an emphasis on wooden ones—those long-standing sentinels of time that, if nurtured appropriately, reduce the need for new boards or intensive restoration.

The discourse was vast, meandering like a river, touching upon the current guidelines that delineate the contours of recyclability, the meticulous craft of installation, and the grand orchestration of management.

Amid the mosaic of voices was Pete Thomas, speaking with the backing of Tarkett, a renowned name in the flooring world. As a beacon of the Flooring Sustainability Partnership, he shed light on findings from the Flooring Resource Efficiency Action Plan. The numbers spoke a hopeful language: the return of vinyl flooring to the circle of use had grown by 33%, and carpet manufacturing waste had seen a rejuvenation of over 50%. Thomas’s narrative also spanned across the vast expanse of Europe, delving into its legislative pulse and narrowing down to the United Kingdom’s policy—most notably, the inception of CE marking on construction-related products since the year 2013.

Thomas concluded with whispers of the future, drawing attention to Vinyl 2010—a phoenix that had risen anew as VinylPlus. Its promise? A challenging yet hopeful endeavour to breathe new life into 100,000 tonnes of vinyl flooring annually, a commitment demanding the spark of innovation and looking towards the horizons of end-of-life flooring as a beacon.

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