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gerflor sustainability use

Use: our products to reduce our environmental impact

As we are concerned about reducing the carbon footprint linked to the use of our products, we are working on two levels to limit it.

First, we provide our professional partners with the resources to take action: limiting the use of glue with looselay products.

In addition, we offer users products that require less maintenance and can delay the use of artificial lighting.


Limiting the use of glue with looselay products

As a major innovation in our market, we are developing looselay products that do not require any glue. Snap-together tiles, textile-backed rolls or sealing technical tiles: we offer several looselay ranges. In addition to the ecological aspect, the advantage of this non-adhesive installation is threefold:

  • reduced VOC emissions related to glues
  • easy and quick to install
  • easy to reuse and recycle

Does your space require installation using glue? We recommend the use of solvent-free, low VOC emission acrylic hard-set adhesives that are EMICODE EC1 and EC1 PLUS certified.


Exemplary products in terms of indoor air quality

All Gerflor products are A+ certified. This is the best VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) emission level for construction products. They are also Floorscore certified.

100% of Gerflor flooring performs at least 10 times better than the regulatory requirements.

Several ranges (Creation, Taralay Premium, Taralay Impression, Mipolam, DLW Linoleum) emit under 10 μg/m3 after 28 days, that is 100 times less than regulatory requirements.


Reducing the use of maintenance products

Substantial consumption of water, energy and cleaning agents: over the entire life cycle of a floor covering, maintenance often represents 25% of the product's environmental impact!

This is why we have worked on low-maintenance solutions. For example, the introduction of revolutionary surface varnish to our ranges – EvercareTM and Protecsol®2 – has reduced the environmental impact related to maintenance by half over the past ten years.

These varnishes have a threefold advantage:

  • making savings on maintenance and the use of water and detergents
  • avoiding costly metallisation throughout the product's life
  • stain resistant

Delaying the use of artificial lighting thanks to floor colouring

To improve the visual comfort of users and to reduce energy consumption related to lighting, we have worked on the light reflection of our floors and our colours.

Compared to a dark colour, a light colour can provide a 60% reduction in lighting-related energy consumption.

With light reflectance values (LRVs) ranging from 6% to 86%, Gerflor offers a wide range of colours allowing architects to select flooring that is best suited to the lighting conditions of each project.


Other stages in the life cycle of our products

Stringent product certifications and labels

Our policy in terms of sustainable development has already enabled us to obtain stringent product certifications and labels. These standards recognise our efforts in terms of: 

  • floor covering durability: UPEC A+ 
  • sustainable development: Cradle to Cradle 
  • reduction of pollutant emissions: Blue Angel, M1, A+, floor score 

Our products also contribute to obtaining environmental standards for buildings: LEED, HQE 

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Gerflor, the flooring group

Gerflor creates, manufactures, and brings to market innovative, decorative and eco-responsible complete solutions for resilient floors, wall coverings, and accessories, from installation to finishings for commercial environments.


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