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Innovations 

At Interface we pursue innovation. We believe that radical thinking will help us to achieve our vision of becoming sustainable and ultimately restorative by 2020.  We’ve made it our mission to ensure that every creative, manufacturing and building decision we make takes us towards a zero environmental footprint.

Sustainability lens

At Interface we view all of our product development and work processes through a lens of sustainability. Achieving ZERO means ensuring that the processes used to create products, install them and reclaim them at the end of their useful life, are just as environmentally friendly as the product itself. This includes the energy used, the materials required, the technology applied, the facility in which it's produced, how it's installed, how it's reclaimed and much more. Our aim is to create cyclical systems in which the waste from one process or product is "food" for another, preserving the natural living systems of our Earth.


TacTiles™

TacTiles™ is a new generation flooring installation product. A strong translucent sticker that binds carpet tiles seamlessly together. TacTiles™ contain no liquid components and are so small in area that using them virtually eliminates the issue of VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds). They ensure that Interface modular carpet can be installed and removed almost anywhere at anytime without affecting the substrate, making carpet installation using Tactiles™  very convenient.

The TacTiles™ environmental footprint is 90% lower when compared to traditional glue carpet adhesive and are easily recycled by Interface along with vinyl-backed tile through our ReEntry program.

Embracing Biomimicry with i2

Embracing the concept of "biomimicry", the philosophy that the natural world can teach and guide us in designing man-made products and systems, David Oakey evolved the idea that traditional floor covering design has been out of step with natural floor covering design. He looked at the randomness of nature and observed that no two elements are the same, reflecting on the end result: beauty and unpredictability. 

Inspired by this natural beauty, we present i2™  a collection that features random mergeable dye lots, meaning tiles are designed with variety in pattern and colouring. No two tiles are the same.

Because the tiles are expected to be similar but not identical, they blend together regardless of dye lot, even years after initial installation. And because they can be laid randomly straight from the box, non-directional products are much faster to install and result in significantly less waste.

Sustainable design runs to the very heart of Interface. It’s this symbiosis and inspiration from nature that has resulted in products such as EntropyRE, Cubic Colours, Outlook and Rawhide, flooring systems that reflect the beautiful random nature of the natural world.

ReEntry®

Interface has pioneered the industry's most successful carpet recycling program, known as ReEntry®.

Through clever new world-first technology ReEntry® separates the backing and face cloth of reclaimed vinyl carpet and recycles each into new product, making carpet and other products from old carpet. Keeping more recycled vinyl and nylon in the production loop significantly reduces Interface’s use of virgin materials.

ReEntry® is able to reclaim all carpet tiles even those not manufactured by Interface for recycling, thereby keeping carpet out of the landfill. Additionally Interface has identified recycling partners for other types of carpet materials to ensure any reclaimed carpet has an alternative to landfill. Carpet can sit in landfill for 50 years before it starts to decompose. 

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Choosing Renewable Energy

The fossil fuels we depend on - oil, coal and natural gas - will not last forever, so we have made it our goal to operate our facilities with 100% renewable energy including solar, wind, landfill gas, biomass, geothermal, tidal, low impact/small scale hydro and non petroleum-based hydrogen.


Our current targets:

  • To reduce energy consumption to its irreducible minimum.
  • To increase the use of non fossil fuel derived energy.

Since 1996 Interface has reduced its total energy consumption by 43%. 

 

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