INTERFACE Inc. (founded in 1973) is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial carpet tile. Having led the industry through innovation for 40 years, the company is now a trailblazer in environmental sustainability. INTERFACE is setting the pace for the development of modular carpet using materials and processes that take less from the environment, and is well along the path to “Mission Zero®”. INTERFACE’S worldwide carpet manufacturing facilities maintain third party registration to the ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard, and the company obtained the first-ever Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for the commercial floor covering industry in North America.
The company is globally recognized for its commitment to building environmental considerations into its business decisions.
Launched in 2013, Net Effect™ is a new modular carpet collection inspired both by the ocean’s life-giving power and its plight – marine life and habitats that are endangered by discarded fishnets, acidification, over-fishing, pollution and climate change. Manufacturing will take place locally at Interface’s North American, European, and Asia-Pacific facilities. This uniform global production allows for specification on six continents.
The innovative collaboration between INTERFACE Inc. and the Zoological Society of London, called Net-Works™, has been created to tackle the growing problem of discarded fishnets in some of the world’s poorest coastal communities. By establishing a community-based supply chain for discarded nets, Net-Works aims to improve the livelihood of local fishermen while providing Interface with an innovative source of recycled materials for its carpet tiles.
Working closely with AQUAFIL, a key Interface supplier that has refined the technology to recycle nylon waste into new nylon carpet fiber, and NGO Project Seahorse Foundation for Marine Conservation Inc, Net-Works is advancing the company’s goal of closed-circle manufacturing. End-of-life fishnets recovered from the fishing industry supply chain are some of the world’s cleanest and most abundant supplies of post-consumer nylon, the same raw material as carpet yarn. Developing a local reclamation system for these nets, Net-Works is improving the residents’ livelihoods and providing the impetus for new community banking institutions that offer long-term solutions to poverty.
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