Tarkett Presents: Aligning Stakeholders Around Circularity Ownership – Greenbuild 2020 Session Review

ChuckLohreGreenbuild, Sarah Enaharo, Tarkett

The purpose of this session is to have three industry representatives (manufacturer, contractor, design, city) talk about how we can get to a future circular economy. What is commonly seen as a manufacturer responsibility will actually take ‘all hands on deck’ to achieve a future state where all materials during demolition are seen as a ‘materials bank’, and proper channels for materials reuse and recycling are followed at different milestones during a building’s lifecycle. With this panel, we’ll have a conversation about how we can better support each other in this shared responsibility for a future circular economy. This session will review how LEED, WELL, and other sustainability rating systems directly reference aspects of material circularity.



Upon completion, participant will be able to describe the complexities around resource recovery and how product design contributes to product take back.

Upon completion, participant will be able to identify and use tools to make proactive decisions during green building product design and selection.

Upon completion, participant will be able to understand the impact specifying and manufacturing have on global supply chains and how a social impact evaluation benefits all.

Upon completion, participant will be able to describe how to transition from a linear to a circular economy in the built environment



This session explains the reuse of materials during recycling. Only 15% of plastic water bottles are recycled and they can’t be used to make high quality products. There is such a thing as plastic aluminum. A plastic that can be recycled into a plastic resource material that can be use to produce “new” plastic. Just like aluminum.

I asked in the chat, “Does Targett make a carpet that is 100% recycled and 100% recyclable?”

Sarah Enaharo replied – “Desso ecobase.”


From the site, “EcoBase is our 100% recyclable Cradle to Cradle Gold-certifiedTM carpets tile backing. Made with entirely positively defined1 ingredients, it has achieved Cradle to Cradle® Platinum level for material health, helping to create a healthier, flourishing work space, as health and safety moves up the workplace agenda. In Europe, wellbeing is now the biggest priority for office-based organisations2.

Following a unique collaboration with Dutch drinking water companies to upcycle chalk, EcoBase now contains 80% positively defined chalk, which is itself derived from 100% defined recycled materials.

Lloyd’s Register assured the EcoBase backing as 100% recyclable and the chalk as 100% pre-consumer recycled material.

As part of a sustainable, people-friendly flooring solution, EcoBase can contribute to both promoting workplace productivity and satisfaction, and achieving sustainable building standards including BREEAM, LEED and WELL

Available for the entire carpet tile range, every material used to make EcoBase can be safely recycled at our own recycling facility with no loss of quality, generating fewer carbon emissions than creating new carpet from scratch.

Ultimately, switching to EcoBase enables Tarkett and our customers to ‘close the loop’ and contribute to the circular economy.”

Wow! That’s a product of the future!


Sarah Enaharo

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Product Sustainability Manager
Tarkett USA, Inc.
Sarah Enaharo advances Tarkett North America’s sustainability strategy, goals, policies, and programs. In this role she advocates for the use of healthy and safe material inputs for products, drives circular and regenerative economies, promotes occupant well-being, while developing a just and sustainable world. She is a 2017 Greenbiz 30 under 30 recipient. Prior to joining Tarkett, Sarah worked in sustainable development assisting in the project management of LEED certified infrastructure projects totaling $300M. Sarah earned a Bachelor of Science in Bio-Engineering from Syracuse University and a Master of Science in Engineering & Technology Management from The George Washington University in Washington DC.


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