Tarkett Closes the Materials Cycle for Carpeting
The new method involves separating the two main components of a carpet − the yarn and the backing − so that the threads are preserved at a purity of 95%. Only at this level of purity is it possible to recycle Aquafil’s polyamide 6 (PA6-) yarn and later transform it into regenerated Econyl nylon yarn, which can be reprocessed. The backing can also be manufactured in an ecological way, meaning that a product approaching 100% sustainability can be produced. This system will enable the industry to meet the increasing demand for environment-friendly, sustainable materials. The recycling processes for backings and yarn take place without any loss of quality; used yarn becomes new yarn, and old backing material is recycled into new backing material.
Altogether, this method allows producers to aim at CO2 savings up to 84% higher than those seen in the traditional burning of materials. As Fabrice Barthélemy, CEO of Tarkett, explains: “Technological innovation has now made it possible to extend the life cycle of building materials. This is a fundamental step forward in terms of maximizing material value and avoiding the burning of materials. Closing this gap in the construction industry is the main driver behind Tarkett’s strategy for conserving natural resources and protecting the environment.”