TARKETT BREATHE EASY FLOORING
Your family connects with flooring more than any other surface in your home. So we know how important it is to ensure our floors help create a safe and healthy environment.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports that more than 90% of our time is spent indoors. And as we’ve sealed our homes to become more energy efficient, VOC’s are building up and affecting our indoor air quality.
Did you know that many household items emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which can aggravate asthma and allergy symptoms? According to the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America, one in five people in the US have either allergies or asthma, making good indoor air quality a priority.
Tarkett is committed to HEALTHY floors and that is why we offer collections that are CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly® by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America.
Whether you or a loved one suffer from asthma or allergy or you just want to surround your family with products that can contribute to a healthier lifestyle, you can be confident that your Tarkett floor will be safe and beautiful for those you love most.
Tarkett develops products that are engineered to be some of the safest and lowest VOC-emitting products in the market today. And we can prove it:
CERTIFIED asthma & allergy friendly™
- This certification is extremely stringent and entails not only the environmental performance of the product, but the installation and cleaning methods as well.
- Scientifically tested by the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) and proven to help you breathe easier.
- More than 90 percent of allergens are removed with standard cleaning.
- Tarkett is the first and currently the only manufacturer to offer the asthma & allergy friendly certification across multiple product categories.
- Applies to all Tarkett residential resilient sheet products and Fresh Air™, Trends™ and Trends™ 12 laminates.
- Tarkett resilient sheet exceeds Greenguard Children and Schools VOC regulations.
- Tarkett laminate's VOC levels are below the level of detection.
- All Tarkett resilient sheet and laminate products are FloorScore Certified.
- Tested and approved by Scientific Certifications System (SCS) for compliance with indoor air quality emission requirements in California.
- Tarkett’s Resilient Sheet Flooring was the 1st to be Phthalate Free.
Here are five things you can do to start living a healthier, happier life.
# 1 Get Connected
Chances are, since you’re reading this, you already know the internet is a great resource. Check out blogs and websites devoted to asthma and allergies. Many experts as well as other parents are online sharing their experiences. A couple sites to check out are:
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# 2 Get Organized
Take the time to put all medical information, doctor’s contact information, and backup medications such as inhalers or epinephrine in one place. This will make travel easier. Keeping grandparents, teachers and babysitters in the loop will also be a snap.
# 3 Clear Out
Don’t give dust mites and other allergens a place to hide. Clean out closets and under the bed. Consider replacing heavy draperies and carpet with friendlier products such as Tarkett FiberFloor® or Fresh Air, Trends or Trends 12 Laminate.
# 4 Open Those Windows
When the weather is warmer, open the windows to reduce humidity indoors and reduce the chances of mold growing in your home. A nice cross breeze can make a world of difference after a long winter of breathing in the same, stale air. Indoor air quality has a huge effect on our health, especially if you struggle with asthma or allergies. If pollen and other outdoor triggers are a concern, you can also improve indoor air quality with a certified HVAC/furnace filter.
What is indoor air quality and why does it matter to me?
Indoor air quality refers to the quality of air in and around enclosed buildings, and how that air affects the health and wellness of the building’s occupants. Many things can affect the air we breathe while we’re indoors: microbial toxins such as mold and bacteria, gases such as carbon monoxide and radon, and allergens and pollutants such as volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Poor indoor air quality can lead to health problems and even make allergies and asthma worse.
# 5 Shop Smart
Look for Certified asthma & allergy friendly products when shopping. A list of Certified asthma & allergy friendly products can be found at the Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America’s (AAFA) website: www.aafa.org/certified. AAFA’s list includes everything from toys to floors.
It’s also a good idea to educate yourself on product ingredients just like you would with food. With so many buzz words floating around lately, it’s difficult to know what to stay away from and what’s no big deal.