Tarkett’s Johnsonite® BaseWorks™ Thermoset Rubber Wall Base Recognized as Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Bronze and Earns Silver Level Material Health Certificate

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Certifications underscore company's ongoing commitment to closed-loop, circular design

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In keeping with its ongoing commitment to closed-loop, circular design, Tarkett, the worldwide leader in innovative and sustainable flooring and sports surface solutions, today announced that its Johnsonite® BaseWorks™ Thermoset Rubber Wall Base was recently recognized as Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Bronze (C2C™) under Version 3.0. The product also earned a Silver level Material Health Certificate using the material health assessment methodology of the C2C Product Standard.

As part of Johnsonite’s fully integrated line of coordinating flooring solutions, finishing borders and accessories, BaseWorks Thermoset Rubber Wall Base has 2.3 percent rapidly renewable content and more than 98 percent in weight of the raw materials used in the product are assessed as “good materials.” With BaseWorks Theromoset Rubber Wall Base there is no exposure to carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction substances.

Additionally, the product has very low VOC emissions (less than 10 micrograms/m3) and is also recyclable as part of Tarkett’s ReStart™ Recycling and Reclamation Program. BaseWorks Thermoset Rubber Wall Base is manufactured in the United States in an ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified plant, assuring quality and a positive environmental impact.

To achieve C2C Bronze Certification, BaseWorks Thermoset Rubber Wall Base had to fulfill a number of requirements in several categories, including: Material Health; Material Reutilization; Renewable Energy and Water Stewardship; and Social Fairness. The C2C Bronze recognition can be used to help projects with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) v4 credit achievement.

To receive the Material Health Certification – Silver level, BaseWorks Thermoset Rubber Wall Base had to meet a number of standards, including, but not limited to:

  •     Does not contain any Banned List chemicals.
  •     The product is at least 95 percent assessed (by weight) following the C2C material assessment methodology.
  •     The product contains no substances known or suspected to cause carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction.

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. In 2011, Tarkett extended its efforts globally and began applying C2C principles in partnership with the scientific institute Environmental Protection & Encouragement Agency (EPEA) in the eco-design of products across all global brands, moving toward a goal of circular, closed-loop design and manufacturing.

For more information about Johnsonite’s certifications, visit http://www.johnsonite.com/sustainability/certifications. To learn more about Tarkett’s comprehensive range of Johnsonite commercial finishing borders and accessories, and flooring solutions, visit http://www.tarkettna.com.


About Tarkett
Tarkett is a global leader in innovative and sustainable solutions for flooring and sports surfaces. With a wide range of products including vinyl, linoleum, carpet, rubber, wood & laminate, synthetic turf and athletics track, the Group serves customers in more than 100 countries worldwide. With 12,000 employees and 34 production sites, Tarkett sells 1.3 million square meters of flooring every day, for hospitals, schools, housing, hotels, offices, stores and sports fields. Committed to sustainable development, the Group has implemented an eco-innovation strategy and promotes circular economy. Tarkett net sales of 2.5 billion euros in 2013 are balanced between Europe, North America and new economies. Tarkett is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A, ticker TKTT, ISIN: FR0004188670) and is included in the following indices: SBF 120, CAC Mid 60, CAC Mid & Small, CAC All-Tradable. For more information, visit http://www.tarkett.com.

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