89 percent of suppliers offer
sustainable products or services
for retail projects.
Fabric Images Inc., based
in Elgin, Ill., began a rental
program for the company’s
custom fabric architecture for
events and temporary retail
markets. FreeStyle Rental
is built around sustainable
design and longevity in
the custom marketplace.
The company’s objective
is to create flexible custom
rental solutions with no limits on finishes, materials, or designs, while reducing the
environmental impact. After use, returned properties from the FreeStyle program
are recycled or repurposed. This means that components that can be reused become
repurposed into new Freestyle properties, while those that cannot, such as fabric
and aluminum scrap, are bundled and sent for recycling. Relink™ eco-sensitive
fabric made with Repreve® fiber with recycled content, can also be specified.
Tarkett, in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, joined the “Circular Economy 100” program
launched in February 2013 by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The program
aims at creating a network of 100 companies whose ambition is to promote the
development of the circular economy, a model for economic growth based on
circular reuse of materials and preservation of the world’s resources. The company
has been a participant in the Cradle to Cradle® challenge since 2011 and has
obtained C2C certification for the company’s Linoleum Harmonium xf™ products,
as well as rubber and wood products.
When Academy SPORTS+OUTDOORS® in
Katy, Texas, went through a major remodel
to reflect a new corporate color scheme, all
current flooring was removed and replaced.
The general contractor and installer worked
with Academy to recycle approximately
62,000 pounds of Tarkett’s Azrock VCT
product through the company’s ReStart
program. The flooring was returned to
Tarkett’s Houston facility where it was
recycled in the manufacture of new VC T tile.
ConVerd, based in Butler,
Wis., participated in a
project in Barcelona, Spain,
in which a very large store
remodeled the entrance-
way to its new facility.
ConVerd’s Enviro Scape
Mural product, a blend
of FSC pulp and 10 percent
material with a water-
based adhesive system, was used. The massive panels were installed using a
60-foot-tall boom lift.
See more sustainable products and services from A.R.E. members,
beginning on page 46 of this issue.