Carpet Tile FAQs

Carpet Tile FAQs

We'll try and help explain all the terminology used in the carpet tile industry, to help you make an informed decision why buying your carpet tile.

Cradle to Cradle

Cradle to Cradle is a vision which guides companies through a constant improvement process whilst at the same time helping the planet. The Cradle to Cradle approach is to create a cyclical process. The main goal is to try and eliminate waste altogether. Waste from one process is used in other processes so that nothing is wasted.

There are five standards which Cradle to Cradle firms must adhere to. Material Health – ensuring all of the chemical elements in products are defined as positive. Material Reutilisation – find materials that can be reused when a product is taken back after use. Water Stewardship – manage clean water as a precious resource and a basic human right. Social Fairness  - show that they live up to the highest ideals of responsibility in regard to their staff. Also, try and ensure companies they use also respect these values. And renewable energy use. A product is then given a level in each area — basic, bronze, silver, gold, or platinum. The lowest level being the product’s overall mark.

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DESSO EcoBase has been designed with the environment in mind. Made from 100% positively defined materials, it includes upcycled calcium carbonate (chalk) from local drinking water firms. And while other backings such as bitumen are hard to recycle, EcoBase can be fully and safely recycled in Desso's own production process. This backing has a Cradle to Cradle Gold rating. While all ranges that have this backing are Cradle to Cradle Silver certified.


A fairly new product, Econyl launched in 2011. It is made by Aquafil Global, a leading maker of Nylon 6, also known as polyamide 6. Econyl is made from 100% regenerated nylon. It is a form of nylon that is made from waste products which include discarded fishing nets, carpets and rigid textiles. It aims to be an eco-friendly option compared to the original product which is made from a by-product of oil.


TacTiles are an innovative way of fitting Interface modular flooring. These simple little (75mm x 75mm) clear squares are adaptable, strong and have great environmental qualities. It means no glue is needed, which makes installation quicker as there is no drying or waiting time, meaning little disruption to the workplace. They also emit almost no VOC’s.
They have great horizontal grip and create a “floating floor” effect. TacTiles stick the tiles to each other meaning there is no damage to the subfloor.  It also means soiled or damaged tiles can easily be removed or replaced. They are also ideal for helping to easily transform flooring designs.

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