Sustainability. Does it pay?Ramon Arratia, Sustainability Director, EMEAI.
Who we are• The inventors of carpet tiles• Worldwide leader in modular flooring• Turnover $1 billion USD• 3500 employees w...
‘One day people like will go to jail’Ray Anderson, chairman and founder, Interface.
Our results so far (Dec 2009)– 80% reduction in waste sent to landfill since 1996 per unit of production– Water intake in ...
Does it pay?         1. Efficiency.         – the $433 million question         2. Innovation.         – expanding to adja...
Does it pay?         1. Efficiency.         – the $433 million question         2. Innovation.         – expanding to adja...
$433 Million in AvoidedWaste Costs, Globally
Eliminate waste.Ultrasonic CuttingMachine                     • Cutting waste is reduced by 80%                     • Save...
Eliminate waste.Ultrasonic Cutting Machine
Does it pay?         1. Efficiency.         – the $433 million question         2. Innovation.         – expanding to adja...
LCA. Sustainable innovation starts with data      68%                               9%                              8%    ...
LCA. Sustainable innovation starts with data                                                          45% Yarn          68...
So what to do to reduce the impact?     REDUCE       RECYCLE           INVENT A    THE YARN      THE YARN         NEW YARN...
LESS IS MORE:Flatworks Product Category                        – 50% less yarn                        – Same performance  ...
7m m2 sold since launch in 2000.   14% of Total Sales.
How would natureDesign a carpet tile?
Average installation waste for carpetFor a rectangular building before walls installed         after wallsBroadloom 400 cm...
6m m2 sold since launch in 2001. 11% of Total Sales.
Innovation. Substituting adhesives. TacTiles                     2009: shipped 16.1m TacTiles                        (enou...
Aviation market– Airplane carpet is replaced every  three to twelve months and sent right  to the landfill.– Weights almos...
Innovation.Being the Magnet for Ideas.
Does it pay?         1. Efficiency.         – the $433 million question         2. Innovation.         – expanding to adja...
Does it pay?         1. Efficiency.         – the $433 million question         2. Innovation.         – expanding to adja...
Does it pay?         1. Efficiency.         – the $433 million question         2. Innovation.         – expanding to adja...
Closing the Loop
This is not waste, it’s raw material…
Closing the Loop. Re-Entry 2.0 process
N ylon feed prices                             3000                                                                       ...
JUST THE FACTSThanks for your patience!Ramon ArratiaSustainability DirectorInterfaceFLOR EMEAI•    Mobile +44 77366 58399•...
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My presentation at Ecobuild about the business case of sustainability

This is the presentation I did for the session about the business case in the 'Beyond Construction' debates at Ecobuild

I tried to divided it into 5 business cases:

1. Efficiency

2. Innovation

3. Reputation

4. People.

5. Closed loop system

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Sustainability - Does It Pay?

  1. 1. Sustainability. Does it pay?Ramon Arratia, Sustainability Director, EMEAI.
  2. 2. Who we are• The inventors of carpet tiles• Worldwide leader in modular flooring• Turnover $1 billion USD• 3500 employees worldwide• A global spread of manufacturing and sales offices
  3. 3. ‘One day people like will go to jail’Ray Anderson, chairman and founder, Interface.
  4. 4. Our results so far (Dec 2009)– 80% reduction in waste sent to landfill since 1996 per unit of production– Water intake in manufacturing is down 80% since 1996 per unit of production– Total energy use down by 43% since 1996 per unit of production– Non-renewable energy is down by 60% since 1996 per unit of production– Actual reduction of Interface GHG emissions by 44% from baseline 1996– 30% of global energy is from renewable sources– 36% of total raw materials are recycled or bio-based materials– Cumulative avoided waste costs totalling $433 million since 1994– All factories in Europe operate on 100% renewable electricity– 99.7% of the products sold in Europe were manufactured in Europe
  5. 5. Does it pay? 1. Efficiency. – the $433 million question 2. Innovation. – expanding to adjacent markets 3. Reputation. – most admired company by sustainability experts 4. People. – would you like to work for a carpet company? 5. The future competitive advantage. – a closed loop system
  6. 6. Does it pay? 1. Efficiency. – the $433 million question 2. Innovation. – expanding to adjacent markets 3. Reputation. – most admired company by sustainability experts 4. People. – would you like to work for a carpet company? 5. The future competitive advantage. – a closed loop system
  7. 7. $433 Million in AvoidedWaste Costs, Globally
  8. 8. Eliminate waste.Ultrasonic CuttingMachine • Cutting waste is reduced by 80% • Saves 310 tonnes waste
  9. 9. Eliminate waste.Ultrasonic Cutting Machine
  10. 10. Does it pay? 1. Efficiency. – the $433 million question 2. Innovation. – expanding to adjacent markets 3. Reputation. – most admired company by sustainability experts 4. People. – would you like to work for a carpet company? 5. The future competitive advantage. – a closed loop system
  11. 11. LCA. Sustainable innovation starts with data 68% 9% 8% 8% 7% Raw Interface Interface Use & End Materials Manufacturing Transportation Maintenance of Life The calculations are based on a 700 g carpet tile made with PA6.6 and InterfaceFLOR’s Graphlex® backing with the following assumptions: landfilling at end-of-life, no green energy use in the lifecycle, and a product lifetime (use) of 10 years.
  12. 12. LCA. Sustainable innovation starts with data 45% Yarn 68% 11% Backing Compound 6% Glassfleece and Tufting Carrier 4% Precoat Bonding Layer 1% Packing 1% Raw Material Transport Raw Materials Based on InterfaceFLOR’s Sustainability Index for Heuga 580 with the following assumptions: end of life landfill, no green energy, lifetime 10 years. Interface’s Sustainability Index is based on LCA using GABI 4 database. GHG emissions, embodied energy and toxicity each account for 1/3 to the overall index.
  13. 13. So what to do to reduce the impact? REDUCE RECYCLE INVENT A THE YARN THE YARN NEW YARN Less is more Close the loop Low-impact principle alternative
  14. 14. LESS IS MORE:Flatworks Product Category – 50% less yarn – Same performance – Between hard floor and carpet – Appealing to non-carpet markets – Patented technique
  15. 15. 7m m2 sold since launch in 2000. 14% of Total Sales.
  16. 16. How would natureDesign a carpet tile?
  17. 17. Average installation waste for carpetFor a rectangular building before walls installed after wallsBroadloom 400 cm 8-12 % 12-15%Broadloom 200 cm 7-10 % 10-12%Monolithic tiles 3% 3-4%Ashlar/brick tiles 3-5% 4-5%Random designs 1-2% 1-2% Typical broadloom installation waste: 8-12%For a round or triangular buildingBroadloom 400 cm 20-25% 25-30 %Broadloom 200 cm 17-23% 23-27%Monolithic tiles 3-5% 4-5% Random tiles installationAshlar/brick 4-6% 5-6% waste: 1.5%Random designs 1-2 % 1-2% Source: InterfaceFLOR sales team in the Netherlands
  18. 18. 6m m2 sold since launch in 2001. 11% of Total Sales.
  19. 19. Innovation. Substituting adhesives. TacTiles 2009: shipped 16.1m TacTiles (enough to install 4m sqm) Figures from InterfaceFLOR US
  20. 20. Aviation market– Airplane carpet is replaced every three to twelve months and sent right to the landfill.– Weights almost 3 times less than a normal US carpet tile– light weight– vertical burn characteristics– smoke density– smoke toxicity
  21. 21. Innovation.Being the Magnet for Ideas.
  22. 22. Does it pay? 1. Efficiency. – the $433 million question 2. Innovation. – expanding to adjacent markets 3. Reputation. – most admired company by sustainability experts 4. People. – would you like to work for a carpet company? 5. The future competitive advantage. – a closed loop system
  23. 23. Does it pay? 1. Efficiency. – the $433 million question 2. Innovation. – expanding to adjacent markets 3. Reputation. – most admired company by sustainability experts 4. People. – would you like to work for a carpet company? 5. The future competitive advantage. – a closed loop system
  24. 24. Does it pay? 1. Efficiency. – the $433 million question 2. Innovation. – expanding to adjacent markets 3. Reputation. – most admired company by sustainability experts 4. People. – would you like to work for a carpet company? 5. The future competitive advantage. – a closed loop system
  25. 25. Closing the Loop
  26. 26. This is not waste, it’s raw material…
  27. 27. Closing the Loop. Re-Entry 2.0 process
  28. 28. N ylon feed prices 3000 90 80 2500 70European chip prices (€/T) 2000 60 50 1500 40 1000 30 20 500 P A 6 chip, E u (€/T) P A 6,6 chip, E u (€/T) 10 B rent crude ($/bl) 0 0 Jan- Feb- Mar- A pr- May - Jun- Jul- A ug- Sep- Oc t- Nov - Dec - Jan- Feb- Mar- A pr- May - Jun- Jul- A ug- Sep- Oc t- Nov - Dec - Jan- 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 09 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 11
  29. 29. JUST THE FACTSThanks for your patience!Ramon ArratiaSustainability DirectorInterfaceFLOR EMEAI• Mobile +44 77366 58399• ramon.arratia@interfaceflor.eu• www.interfaceflor.eu• BLOG http://www.interfaceflorcutthefluff.com/• http://twitter.com/RamonArratiaDownload this presentation @ scribd.com/RamonArratia

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