Interface was one of the first companies to publicly commit to sustainability, when it made its Mission Zero pledge in the mid-nineties. Mission Zero represents the company’s vision of becoming totally sustainable – and ultimately restorative – by 2020. It influences every aspect of the business and inspires the company to continually push the boundaries in order to achieve its goal. Since then, Interface has developed and implemented radical innovations, taking the company beyond the realms of what was thought possible and making significant progress towards its goal.
Progress to Zero
Interfaces’ European manufacturing facility in Scherpenzeel, the Netherlands, is now operating with 100% renewable energy (both electricity and gas). It also uses virtually no water in its manufacturing processes and sends zero waste to landfill in Europe.
At its European manufacturing sites, Interface has reduced its GHG emissions by 98 per cent, water use by 98.5 per cent and achieved zero waste to landfill since 1996. In addition, Interface is currently operating with 95 per cent renewable energy and uses 50% renewable or biobased materials in the manufacture of its products.
In terms of sustainable services, Interface has pioneered a number of initiatives, including its ReEntry system which has successfully diverted 6,723 tonnes of carpet and carpet scraps from landfills in 2012 and purchased and retired more than 2.9 million metric tonnes of verified emission reduction credits.
Net-Works® is an innovative, cross-sector initiative designed to tackle the growing environmental problem of discarded fishing nets in some of the world’s poorest coastal communities. At the same time, it supports Interface’s Mission Zero goal to source 100% recycled material for its carpet tile.
Interface has partnered with the Zoological Society of London to buy discarded fishing nets from some of the poorest communities in the world. The nets are recycled into new yarn for our carpet tiles by Aquafil.
Design & Wellbeing
More and more education establishments are now following the concepts of biophilic design, which is based on the idea that humans are innately drawn to the natural world. Interface recognises the significant benefits that nature-inspired design can deliver – incorporating biophilic principles into several of its collections. Extensive research has proven that re-establishing this connection can have significant physiological and psychological benefits.
Interface’s modular flooring and product formats also offer the opportunity to embrace flexibility through a combination of varied colours, patterns and textures. Whether you need to create quiet spaces that encourage concentration, communal areas that promote collaboration or breakout rooms for relaxation – modular flooring is the perfect solution to create unique spaces and zones.
The company’s ‘design by tile’ approach means a tailored floor design layout can be achieved, making it easy to create different and interesting areas within one space.
Interface has recently developed an Insight Guide on Education for a Circular Economy. View the Guide on the Sustainability Exchange here.
University of Coventry
Further information/website: www.interface.com