Sustainability lived and laid
With "we care / we act", Gerflor is making an ambitious commitment to a sustainable future. By 2025, the company wants to implement numerous concrete measures to make a tangible contribution to a world worth living in.5 Oct 2023
As one of the world's leading manufacturers of resilient floor coverings, Gerflor has announced its consistent commitment to the highest environmental quality. Following the self-chosen guiding principle "we care / we act", Gerflor wants to holistically design all business processes in terms of sustainability in the medium term - from product development to plant and process technology at the production sites in Germany, France and worldwide. The focus is particularly on reducing the CO2 balance in all phases of the life cycles of the company's own products - with the aim of implementing a consistent circular economy.
But Gerflor's portfolio already includes sustainable products. The "classic" DLW Linoleum, for example, consists of 98 percent natural and mineral raw materials, 76 percent of which are rapidly renewable. The homogeneous vinyl floor Mipolam Symbioz is also produced from 75 percent sustainable or renewable resources, and the plasticiser used is made from grain residues and is even 100 percent organic. Gerflor's declared goal is to double the total share of naturally grown raw materials by 2025, from five to ten percent. In addition, Gerflor's products have a very high proportion of mineral raw materials. For example, the conventional vinyl floor coverings consist to a large extent of almost infinitely available resources such as sodium chloride (common salt) and calcium carbonate, a very common mineral rock worldwide.
In addition, there are floor coverings that already consist of a high proportion of recycled material - for the particularly hard-wearing GTI tiles, for example, it is 80 percent. By 2025, Gerflor wants to increase the average proportion of recycled material in its products to 30 percent. Almost 100 percent of production waste is also recycled. And as part of Second Life, the company collects offcuts from construction sites and returns them to production. And finally, more than 30 years ago, Gerflor co-founded the AgPR (Arbeitsgemeinschaft PVC-Bodenbelag Recycling - PVC flooring recycling working group) and established a recycling and reuse system that functions throughout Germany, thus paving the way for resource-saving material cycles at an early stage.
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