Solon, Ohio—Tarkett said it has successfully met all the requirements of +Vantage Vinyl, an industry-wide sustainability initiative that engages companies across the U.S. vinyl value chain. Companies that meet these requirements have undergone verification by third-party GreenCircle Certified to confirm their progress to the program guiding principles relating to environmental stewardship, social diligence, economic soundness, open communication and collaboration, according to the company. The initiative’s structure ensures that Tarkett is advancing the sustainability journey of the vinyl industry in alignment with targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
“Tarkett has always been at the forefront of sustainability and committed to the responsible use of PVC,” said Roxane Spears, vice president of sustainability, Tarkett. “Innovation is our obsession. We were the first manufacturer to remove ortho-phthalates from our entire product portfolio, and we offer some of the lowest TVOC levels in the flooring industry. We’re now proud to add the verification to +Vantage Vinyl as further evidence of the steps we’re taking throughout the value chain.”
+Vantage Vinyl is a sustainability initiative of the Vinyl Sustainability Council (VSC), a self-funded business council advancing sustainability in the vinyl industry. It is the only sustainability initiative that allows participation from all companies within the entire vinyl value chain with U.S. operations, ranging from raw material manufacturers and suppliers to final product manufacturers and retailers, according to the company.
“Congratulations to Tarkett for their successful verification to +Vantage Vinyl,” said Jay Thomas, VSC executive director. “Continuous improvement of sustainability is a critical initiative of the vinyl industry. By verifying to +Vantage Vinyl, Tarkett has demonstrated their commitment to the environmental, social and governance tenets of the program’s guiding principles. We look forward to our continued collaboration and partnership in the +Vantage Vinyl program.”