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(image above) Interface carpet
© Interface, 2001

(Image above) Tirex
Interface Company Brochure, 2000
© Interface, 2000

Interface carpet - a total solution

Interface have a six-step approach to developing environmentally sustainable products.

  1. 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.
  2. Design for easy recyclability. They are building a "zipper" into products that allows us to more easily separate their component parts.
  3. Use a single polymer for both the backing and fibre.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Reduce waste.


For More Information

For more information on Interfaces sustainability activities visit:

For more specific information on bio-based plastics visit:

For information on PLA visit the Cargill Dow NatureWorks® website at: