When its quality is assured thanks to German quality standards
Floor design can become an integral component of a recognisable architectural trademark with our Vorwerk Carpet range. Vorwerk is a household name and market leader in Europe, with a reputation for quality and reliability since 1883. Based in Germany, Vorwerk Carpets are one of the leading International suppliers of high-quality carpets for the private and commercial sectors today.
Traditional values, a deep passion for the product and lots of love to detail make each Vorwerk a top-class product of German craftsmanship. To ensure work in above-average quality, each square metre of the floor covering is checked by many experienced employees, highly concentrated and meticulously.
The Vorwerk Carpet range offers designers and home owners plenty of leeway for individualised spatial concepts and designing vision. All carpets have been tested for harmful substances and their ability to bind fine dust. Vorwerk’s high dust-binding capability led to them being awarded the “Recommended for people with allergies” seal of approval. In addition, all products fulfil in-house requirements for sustainability – among other labels. This was confirmed by the “Life Balance” seal that stands for resource-conserving production. Furthermore, Vorwerk carpets are also odour-free and low-maintenance.
Exceeding the standards of Sustainability
Acting sustainably is at the heart of Vorwerk Carpets range as they know that what we do today has an effect on tomorrow. The battle to stop climate change and the respectful treatment our environment and resources are just as important to us as the health and comfort of our customers. With our unique engagement, greatest-possible transparency and numberous control mechanism, we are setting standards in this area.
SIGNIFICANT SHARE OF RECYCLED MATERIALS
For our unqiue floor coverings, we have increased the percentage of recycled ECONYL® yarns continually and consistently. Today, approximately one-third of our products’ share of textile is made of recycled material. About 400 tonnes of our production-based clippings waste is processed annually in our own recycling system to produce high-quality backing material.
As a founding member of GUT, Vorwerk have revolutionised the development of environmental goals and standards in the carpet industry Europe-wide. Ever since 1995, Vorwerk have been meeting the requirements of the international environmental management standard ISO 14001 and publish our environmental balance annually in a comprehensive report.
More than 85 per cent of Vorwerk’s energy supply for production is carbon-neutral and provided by a local energy supplier. In all supplier contracts, we have barred the use of nano coatings, antisoil and antistain chemicals. The adherence to our emissions limits is certified by green labels such as DGNB and CRE according to global standards.
Seals of Approval
This label indicates the level of emissions from the floor covering, in line with the French VOC directive for building products as well as interior and outfitting materials. Ever since 1 January 2012, building products as well as interior and outfitting materials which are launched onto the French market must be classified and labelled in terms of their emissions.
This has been defined in Décret n° 2011-321, which the French government published on 25 March 2011. The VOC testing basis is in line with the German AgBB.
The aim of GUT (Gemeinschaft umweltfreundlicher Teppichböden e.V.) is to continually optimise environmental and consumer protection during the entire life cycle of a textile floor covering – from manufacture to installation, from use to recycling.
Through the founding of GUT and thanks to the continuous development of its environmental goals, the European carpet industry has revolutionised environmental standards for the floor covering industry.
In collaboration with officially recognised testing institutes throughout Europe, frequent product tests are performed based on strict criteria.
Moreover, GUT supports eco-friendly solutions for the installation of carpet floor coverings and offers objective information on all questions centred round carpet floor covering.
Intensive product testing for chemicals and emissions forms the basis for consumer protection.
The CRI (Carpet and Rug Institute) in Alabama, USA, awards the Green Label Plus certificate. This provides information regarding the amount of harmful substances in carpet floor coverings.
If the carpet floor covering satisfies the testing criteria of the CRI, it is awarded the Green Label Plus certificate. The values of the CRI are similar to those of GUT, with the exception of formaldehyde, which is just 9µg/m³ after 24 hours instead of the 10µg/m³ after 72 hours permitted by GUT.
Green Label Plus certificates for carpet floor coverings are important in order to build or renovate so-called green buildings under the LEED process.
The well-being and health of customers in their homes have been a matter of the heart for Vorwerk since the very beginning. The company has declared the production of environmental and health-conscious products an essential pillar of the company’s philosophy: High-quality carpet floor coverings and tiles for a boost in quality of life.
The Life Balance seal of quality is proof of Vorwerk Teppichwerke’s extensive approach to offering sustainable, health and environmental-conscious products over the entire value-added chain.
The Life Balance seal of quality stands for:
Tested for harmful chemicals, fine dust particles and suitability for allergy sufferers
Confirmation through an independent testing institute
High quality standards and extensive testing criteria. This goes for all Vorwerk floor coverings and tile collections.
TÜV Hessen and the Textiles & Flooring Institute GmbH (TFI) jointly certify floor coverings and associated products according to quality and environmental criteria or to environmental criteria alone. The basis is the entire life cycle of a product (raw materials, manufacture, products, installation, use and waste).
The aim is to assess the products according to quality, health and ecology aspects. To achieve this, detailed requirements have been formulated for each product group and products must satisfy these respectively.
Products which are unsafe in terms of their health-related aspects are categorically rejected for certification.
The CE (Communautés Européenes) label is awarded by the European Union. It is the main indicator for compliance of a product with the current legal requirements of the EU.
The basis for the CE label is the manufacturer’s Declaration of Performance (DOP).