Eco Flooring: How healthy is your flooring for the people who train on it and the planet?

Eco Flooring: How healthy is your flooring for the people who train on it and the planet?

What makes our flooring sustainable? Greg Bradley (Sales Director at BLK BOX) sat down with Health Club Management to discuss.

What has been your most sustainable installation?

Our work with Adidas at its World of Sport headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany required us to comply with LEED Gold certification standards in order to meet its ambitious sustainability targets. In collaboration with EXOS and Adidas’s project delivery team, BLK BOX supplied and installed over 20,000 sq ft of Performance flooring throughout the campus, ensuring each area was tailored to the unique athletic and design requirements of the space.

Our designs not only facilitated top-tier athletic performance but also embodied the eco-conscious spirit that drives Adidas to achieve its carbon neutral 2050 vision. Our performance flooring was selected due to the high recycled content and responsible supply chain of materials. The result was a net reduction in carbon emissions


What’s your company’s approach to sustainability?

Our approach is multifaceted. We adopt and draw inspiration from principles akin to the cradle-to-cradle philosophy and strive to innovate within our own operations. We reduce our carbon footprint through local manufacture, ensuring materials are responsibly and sustainably sourced, while not losing sight of the profound impact that high quality, long-life products can have on our industry and future generations.

Through careful material selection, we’ve been able to ensure that at least 65 per cent of raw materials and packaging within our Performance flooring range are responsibly sourced post-consumer products. At BLK BOX HQ, 65 per cent of our electricity is generated from renewables and we’ve invested over £2.5m in the latest machinery to help minimise our environmental impact.

We emphasise the reuse and recycling of materials, with 56 per cent of our steel recycled and a powder coating line that reclaims 94 per cent of overspray. In line with our ‘Built Better’ philosophy, we also ensure our suppliers meet stringent ethical standards as part of our wider sustainability strategy.


Tell us about the eco credentials of your flooring

Being FloorScore accredited and LEED v4 certified, BLK BOX Performance flooring is a testament to our commitment to maintaining the lowest possible levels of volatile organic compounds, ensuring air quality in any training facility remains safe for users and staff. Beyond emissions, Performance flooring is produced to recognised ISO standards and embraces full transparency through Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and Health Product Declarations (HPDs).


Which of your products is most sustainable?

Fusion, our flagship product in the Performance range, is a great sustainable innovation, being made of 98 per cent recycled content, surpassing the industry standard for sustainable flooring without compromising on aesthetics or performance. Its dual layered design has a vulcanised rubber surface layer that’s fusion-bonded to a shock-absorbing base layer.


This article featured in Health Club Management magazine Issue 1 2024 - Read the full feature here