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1. Product development & design

Product design with circularity and users in mind

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Circularity and users in mind

Most flooring only has one lifetime - ours has a few more

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We develop and design flooring solutions to create value during use and after, keeping both the environment and users in mind. Our focus is on designing flooring with renewable and recycled materials. We aim to develop eco- and human-safe easy-removal solutions across all product categories while also contributing to global recycling initiatives.

There's always a way around

Forbo Flooring Systems is world leader in linoleum, with the ambition to grow our bio-based floors to make up more than 50% of our total business. We use exclusively fully traceable raw materials for all our flooring categories, and we are introducing innovative loose-lay and adhesive-free flooring solutions every year in preparation for the circular economy.

Creating fully circular flooring provides us with some challenges. But with the right strategy in place, there’s always a way around.

Product design with circularity in mind

  • 100 %

    We make flooring products made from 100% harmless and traceable raw materials.

  • 50 %

    of our modular products can be easily installed and removed after their useful life, this makes them circular-ready.

Dynamics of a building

Our design philosophy on healthy interiors

Healthy buildings are very much part of sustainable development – sustainable development in which the individual is central.

Our philosophy on healthy interiors is expressed in our design philosophy 'The dynamics of a building’. We use this to provide the most appropriate type of flooring for each space. The result is buildings that are well designed, last longer and are easier to adapt to the occupier’s requirements - buildings and interiors whose timeless solutions make frequent renovation less necessary, so saving money and reducing waste.

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Dynamics of building

Contributing to healthy interiors

Health refers to a safe, clean and comfortable indoor environment.

Today more than half of the world’s population, over 54%, is living in urbanized areas. On average we are spending around 80%-90% of our time indoors and this will only increase. No wonder that the focus on quality of the indoor environment, and the attention given to green architecture and healthy buildings, is becoming more prominent. As our floors are part of the indoor environment in which people live, meet and work, it is our mission to design and offer products that contribute in a positive way to the health and comfort of the individual.

Floor characteristics that contribute to a healthy indoor environment:
• Antibacterial
• Allergy approved
• Phthalate free
• Low emissions
• Acoustic performance

Healthy indoor environment sustainability

Product design with users in mind

Allergy UK Approved

Low VOC emissions

Acoustic solutions

Light Reflection Ratings

How we deal with building challenges


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