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How it performs, your footsteps

A Forbo floor is always beautiful and stylish to look at. A floor that's comfortable to live, work and play on.

But looks aren't everything; often, it's the things you can't see that really matter.

We believe true sustainability is about creating links of shared responsibilities and values between all stakeholders.

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How it is made
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Marmoleum a natural talent

Forbo’s Marmoleum is made from an average 97% natural raw materials. So it’s no surprise that it is the world’s leading sustainable resilient flooring. Marmoleum is what it is, a genuine, authentic product.

How it's Made
• Made from an average of 97% natural raw materials, 72% of which are renewable and will grow back within 10 years.
• Marmoleum is made with recycled content to reduce the need for virgin raw material.
• Marmoleum is 100% biodegradable.
• 100% of electricity comes from renewable sources and our linoleum production sites achieve ISO14001 certification.

How it Performs
• Our Marmoleum performs well from the minute it's installed, is easy to clean and has a very low cost of ownership.
• Topshield2 finish, which, together with naturally antibacterial ingredients, means the floor is hygienic and needs less cleaning with fewer harmful chemicals.
• Approved by Allergy UK
• We can collect installation off-cuts from our Marmoleum floors and recycle them back into Forbo products. Back to the Floor

New! Marmoleum Cocoa

Marmoleum Cocoa embraces our ethos of sustainable design and truly is a new addition to our Marmoleum flooring.

By adding Cocoa shells to the traditional Marmoleum ingredients we have created a new and exciting surface texture that is both natural looking and contemporary in feel.

The inclusion of cocoa adds a rich granular look that is fresh, modern and also provides dirt hiding properties. Marmoleum Cocoa

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Vinyl, making it better

We are constantly striving to improve the environmental profile of our vinyl products through local and international initiatives. For example, we re-purpose our vinyl waste (and that of other flooring manufacturers) to make new products-such as the backing for Flotex and Westbond carpet tiles.

How it's made
•Our vinyl ranges contain up to 70% recycled content in their backing.
•We produce all our vinyl in Europe where it meets the highest possible current and future REACH compliance standards for chemical content.
• 100% of electricity comes from renewable sources and our vinyl production sites achieve ISO14001 certification.
• We use the highest quality raw materials and almost all of our vinyl ranges vinyl ranges are phthalate free as we’re always looking for ways to make things better.
• Our ground breaking new Modul’Up adhesive free flooring solutions help reduce the amounts of material and energy used for a flooring installation.


How it performs
• We use smart material constructions and durable finishes on our vinyl. A micro- embossing technology reduces the need for chemical cleaning and increases the floor's lifespan.
• Through our Back to the Floor scheme, we can collect installation off-cuts from our vinyl floors floors to avoid landfill.
• Our Allura Flex vinyl tiles are adhered using tackifier so they can simply be taken up and recycled at the end of their life.
Modul’Up can be effortlessly removed at the end of its useful service life and recycled avoiding landfill as there is no adhesive residue stuck to the back of the material.

Carpet tiles, industry leading recycled content

By challenging the way tufted carpet tiles are made, our UK-produced Tessera tiles now boast at least 58% recycled content and all Teserra products meet the indoor air quality requirements of CDPH Standard Method V1.2, widely known as CA Section 01350.

How it's made
• Tessera tiles now boast over 58% recycled content by weight.
• Investment in an extruder has reduced our bitumen usage by 56% and enabled us to increase the levels of our recycled filler by 30%.
• We have several ranges made with up to 100% ECONYL® regenerated yarn. Econyl
• For those looking for something closer to nature, our Westbond natural range is made from the undyed wool of seven different UK sheep breeds and all of our Westbond tiles have at least 70% recycled content in their backing.
• All tufted Tessera carpet tiles are manufactured using 100%
renewable energy (electricity & biogas) and our carpet tile production sites achieve ISO14001 certification.

How it performs
• Our carpet tiles are quick and easy to clean using a system called Dry Fusion which uses less water and fewer chemicals without compromising on performance.
• Our innovative random lay carpet tiles reduce fitting waste to less than 2%.
• We can also work with local recycling companies to ensure that at the end of life, our carpet tiles can be recycled or reused to avoid landfill.

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Flotex, greater than its parts

Our unique hybrid flooring combines the benefits of textile and resilient flooring to give you the comfort of a high tech carpet tile and the durability of a resilient floor.

How its made
• Flotex tiles and planks contain up to 52% recycled content
• Flotex is the only flocked floor covering to have been assessed under BREEAM and rated mostly A/A+.
• We have eliminated excess packaging from jumbo rolls of Flotex, which has cut our cardboard usage by 50 tonnes per year.
• The unique design of Flotex means it releases twice as many
allergens on cleaning than standard carpet and meets the
requirements of Californian Specification section 01350 which
relates to air quality.
• Flotex Colour ranges have no pattern repeats and all tiles can
be fitted broadloom, tessellated & brick, making installation
easier and reducing wastage.
• 100% of electricity comes from renewable sources and our Flotex production sites achieve ISO14001 certification.

How it performs
• Flotex is 100% waterproof which means you just need water and standard cleaning materials for an effective clean. You can also steam clean Flotex when hygiene standards demand it.
• Flotex benefits allergy sufferers and has received Allergy UK's seal of approval. It releases twice as many allergens on cleaning than standard carpet.
• Phthalate free, slip resistant and offering up to 20dB impact noise reduction, Flotex is a reassuringly safe and sound flooring solution.
• Through our Back to the Floor scheme, we can collect clean Flotex installation off-cuts and recycle them at our plant in Ripley, Derbyshire.

Entrance flooring: keeping the world outside, outside

Did you know that installing an effective entrance system can stop up to 95% of dirt and moisture entering a building? As a result this may save up to 65% of the lifetime cleaning costs of the floors and reduce the use of cleaning chemicals.

How it's made
• From old carpet fluff to abandoned fishing nets, many of our Coral collections are made from Econyl®, a high quality yarn made from 100% regenerated polyamide. Econyl
• In addition to the Econyl® regenerated yarn, the primary backing of Coral Welcome is made from recycled plastic PET bottles.
• Of the aluminium used in Nuway Tuftiguard production, 100% is recycled and all our aluminium and steel waste is recycled. Our rubber waste is sent to equestrian centres.
• For customers wanting a 'natural' entrance system, we now offer Nuway Tuftiguard with a Bamboo scraper bars. Bamboo is a sustainable species of grass and one of the fastest growing plants on earth.
• 100% of electricity comes from renewable sources and our Coral and Nuway production sites achieve ISO14001 certification.

How it performs
• We offer different types of entrance flooring which together can stop up to 95% of dirt and moisture entering a building, protecting interior floor finishes and helping to prevent slips.
• Installing an effective entrance system can reduce the lifetime cleaning costs of the interior floors by up to 65%.
• Nuway tuftiguard mats can be reversible, effectively doubling their lifespan.

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The WELL Building Standard® recommends the use of entrance matting as an important tool to reduce pollutants entering the building.
More information on the WELL Standard

Downloads

  • Creating Better Environments brochure

    Environmental brochure
    Read our full story in our environmental brochure.

  • Forbo Flooring Systems Sustainability Report

    Forbo Flooring Sustainability report
    Download our latest sustainability report.

  • Forbo Creating Better Environments Infographic

    Environmental Infographic
    Download our Creating Better Environments Infographic.