Interface have a six-step approach to developing environmentally sustainable products.
- Use renewable materials e.g . prototypes of floorcoverings created from hemp, wool, PLA (a corn extract) and other organic materials that can be grown sustainably and are ultimately compostable.
- Design for easy recyclability. They are building a "zipper" into products that allows us to more easily separate their component parts.
- Use a single polymer for both the backing and fibre.
- Use recycled material wherever possible
- e.g. Interlock is a modular resilient floorcovering that is entirely manufactured from recycled vinyl and is entirely recycled back into new material at the end of it's life, in processes using 100% green tariff electricity.
- Tirex indoor matting is made from 100% recycled vehicle tyres.
- this sort of product not only allows customers to make a visual statement about their commitment to environmental issues, but is also incredibly hard wearing, and has a 'classic' styling.
- Deliver more value using less material
- e.g. Wabi™ uses a third less material than conventional carpet, yet won the IIDA Apex Award for best product in 1998, beating out all other carpet types.
- Reduce waste.