Dalsouple used to manufacture Dalsouple DalNaturel rubber flooring that was a natural, sustainable flooring products and contributed to Greenstar points for Office Interiors or NABERS ratings for indoor air quality. DalNaturel has now been installed on many Greenstar buildings in Australia, such as 6-star Macquarie Bank Sydney, 5-star Fairfax Media House Melbourne and 6-star The Department of Health and Ageing, Canberra.
Download the Office Interiors excel spreadsheet which shows points for DalNaturel for Greenstar - as an example. Unfortunately DalNaturel is not in production at the moment and 2019 may see the re-introduction depending on supply.
Dalsouple is listed on Ecospecifer, the website that lists only sustainable, environmentally friendly products, click here
DalNaturel is a green rubber floor material that has been tested to have extremely low VOC's. These qualify below standard emissions (please view our test page). The latest NABERS rating considers indoor air quality for offices, which is why many designers and architects are moving away from using some vinyls (which can include plasticisers and toxins). Fortunately, rubber is an excellent substitute that won’t impact on air quality.
The Rubber Tree
Some young people do not realise that there is actually a rubber tree. Click here to read about the history of rubber.
The latex (sap) that is tapped from the rubber tree (Hevea brasiliensis) is processed into sheet rubber, with natural clay particles added to manufacture Dalsouple natural floor tiles. The rubber trees last until they are about 30 years old before the timber is chopped down and used for fuel and other uses. New rubber trees then replace the old plantations. The rubber used in Dalsouple sustainable flooring is high-quality Malaysian rubber that is bought as a commodity on the open market before being shipped to France. The natural china clays we use are sourced from the UK.
If you compare this to lino, green rubber floor tiles have a much smaller environmental footprint. Lino often contains many ingredients, sourced from all over the world. As a result, rubber is a much more sustainable flooring option.