Omnisports is one of the only resilient sports floors in North America using phthalate-free technology.
Omnisports, a popular multi-use sports surface manufactured by Tarkett Sports, is now one of the only phthalate-free resilient sports floors available in North America. Beginning in 2014, Tarkett began utilizing phthalate-free plasticizers in production across Europe and North America. As part of Tarkett’s initiative for sustainability and eco-innovation, this new phthalate-free manufacturing process improves the indoor environment and air quality. The phthalate-free plasticizers used in Omnisports are identical to those approved for food containers and children’s toys intended to be placed in the mouth.
In addition to utilizing phthalate-free manufacturing technology, Omnisports is also the first sports surface to be certified asthma & allergy friendly™ by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. As a key component of environmental control (the active management of indoor environments to minimize asthma and allergy symptoms), Omnisports can provide a healthier sports flooring solution for asthma and allergy sufferers. It achieves this through exceptionally low VOC emissions and low allergen retention.
What are phthalates and how are they used?
Phthalates (pronounced "thah-lates") are chemical plasticizers that have been widely used since the 1950s to soften plastics that would otherwise be brittle and crack when bent. Because phthalates are not chemically bound to the plastics they're added to, they're continuously released into the air or food or liquid. Did you ever notice how plastic sometimes hardens over time? That's because the phthalates have leached out of it.
Phthalates are found in an amazing array of products. In personal care items, they're used to help lubricate other substances, help lotions penetrate and soften the skin, and help fragrances last longer. They're also used in toys, electronics (such as personal computers), car-care products, insecticides, and many household products, including adhesives, plastic wrap, plastic containers, flooring, furniture, wallpaper, shower curtains, and other things made of vinyl or PVC.
Sources: tarkettsportsindoor.com, babycenter.com