Project Details


CISUFLO aims to set up a systemic framework for circular and sustainable floor coverings (carpets, resilient floor coverings and laminates) and minimise the sector’s total environmental impact. Several challenges exist within flooring to make the transition to a circular economy: (i) complex value chain, varying from country to country; (ii) link to various sectors (construction & building, plastics, textiles & wood); (iii) products cover various raw materials, plus numerous additives; (iv) product lifetimes range from over 20 years (commercial flooring) to 3-4 days (event carpet). CISUFLO provides systemic innovations at the technical, information and socio-economic level and performs 6 pilots to demonstrate their feasibility and value (future flooring, sorting, separation, laminate, vinyl and textile flooring recycling). The basis for circularity is realising circular material streams. Therefore, we focus on the main flooring material streams: wood (laminates), PA (carpets) and PVC (resilient). We aim to realise circularisation via innovations that deliver value along the chain: (i) manufacturing flooring that is easier to remove, re-use, repair & recycle, as a competitive advantage to the manufacturer, and beneficial to several players along the value chain; (ii) integrated product information system enables sorting, but also offers extra functionalities for installation, cleaning and maintenance, and sustainability info for customer at purchasing phase. To engage a broader range of stakeholders and ensure uptake beyond the project we have established a Transition Support Group (TSG) with over 30 members covering technology providers, retailers and collectors. Assuming our impact reaches 30% of the market, CISUFLO will help to shift a turnover of ca. 5 billion to the circular economy, which will significantly help to secure ca 12.000 jobs in the sector and create additionally ca 2500 jobs in collection and recycling.
Effective start/end date1/06/2131/05/25

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Centexbel (lead)
  • TFI - Institut für Bodensysteme an der RWTH Aachen e.V.
  • RWTH Aachen University
  • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO)
  • UNILIN Panels Wielsbeke
  • Beaulieu International Group N.V.
  • Edel Carpets B.V.
  • Aquafil S.p.A.
  • Deceuninck N.V.
  • RINA Consulting S.p.A.
  • CWS-boco International GmbH
  • Mogu Srl
  • Enco S.r.l.
  • Contract Flooring Association Ltd
  • European Panel Federation
  • European Plastics Converters (EuPC)
  • European Floor Coverings Association (EUFCA)
  • Institut technologique FCBA

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production

Funding category

  • EU-H2020


  • flooring
  • laminate
  • vinyl flooring
  • carpet
  • recycling
  • circular economy
  • circular design