Seminar on Sustainable Flooring
A recent seminar saw specifiers, designers and developers joining together to talk about the issue of sustainability and the environment in regards to flooring, particularly in relation to resilient flooring, including wood flooring, which can be highly durable and seriously cut down the need for new flooring or wood floor restoration if maintained in a correct manner. There were many topics discussed at the seminar, including the guidelines and regulations that exist in regards to such issues as recyclability, installation and major management.
One of the key speakers at the seminar, which was sponsored by flooring company Tarkett, was Pete Thomas. Thomas, a part of the Flooring Sustainability Partnership, discussed recent research that had been conducted by the Flooring Resource Efficiency Action Plan. The research states that the recycling of vinyl flooring has increased by as much as 33% and over 50% when it came to the recycling of carpet manufacturing waste. Thomas also talked about current and future legislation in Europe, as well as examining the policy of the United Kingdom government, in particular paying special note to the introduction of CE marking for all products related to construction from 2013 onwards.
Finally, Thomas also gave an update on the recently re-launched Vinyl 2010 scheme that has since been renamed simply VinylPlus, which incorporates a commitment to recycle 100,000 tons of vinyl flooring each and every year, a scheme that he says will necessitate “innovative approaches,” citing end of life flooring as an example.