Circular Economy

nora is constantly striving to reduce the life cycle impact of our products, which means looking at the bigger picture. We try to close the loop by recycling and reusing materials whenever possible to decrease the negative environmental and health impact of the product life cycle.

The Cradle to Cradle Certified® Product Standard evaluates the biological and technical regeneration cycle of a product. It is the world’s most advanced, science-based standard for designing and making safe, circular, and equitable products. The philosophy interprets all materials as recyclable resources that are returned in complete form and without loss of quality after their product life to become new products. It foresees an optimized materials management system for the removal of any waste from the process.

Cradle to Cradle certified

nora is contributing to sustained eco-efficiency in the floor covering industry with our products. For our commitment to sustainability, some selected colours from our noracare range recently received the Cradle to Cradle Gold certification (version 3.1). This milestone underlines the continuous improvement and development of our products towards a circular economy.

Product Highlights

noracare™ seneo

For application areas with highest requirements for hygienic cleaning and maintenance as well as stain and chemical resistance. Single-coloured design with iridescent marbled colour granules, from a distance almost uni-coloured.

noracare™ uneo

For application areas with extraordinary demands on hygienic cleaning and maintenance as well as stain and chemical resistance. Single-coloured design with randomly scattered granite splinters, with a smooth surface.


Products are evaluated in the following categories:

cradle to cradle certified categories
Material health
  • 100% of noracare raw materials are individually evaluated according to Cradle to Cradle® criteria
  • noracare uses only PEFC-certified natural rubber
  • noracare fulfills the strictest indoor air emission requirements with the Indoor Air Comfort GOLD certification

Product circularity
  • noracare uses both bio-based and post-production recycled materials
  • We produce new noracare floor coverings from any production residues and offcuts

Clean air & climate protection
  • nora uses 100% renewable electric energy for the flooring production

Water & soil stewardship
  • The water consumption for our production was reduced by 90% from a 1996 baseline

Social fairness
  • Ensuring social sourcing practices through detailed supplier risk assesments
  • Extensive social health trainings for all employees


Cradle to Cradle Certified® Gold has been awarded to:

  • noracare: noracare seneo, noracare uneo 
    As we use different colour pigments in our noracare range, some colours are certified as Gold and others as Silver. Please see the individual classification in our flyer

Cradle to Cradle Certified® Silver has been awarded to:

Cradle to Cradle Certified® is a registered trademark of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute.

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