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“ What is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it “ 
- Aristotle
THE WORLD’S LEADING MODULAR CARPET COMPANY
INTERFACE INC. 
Business 
• 
Commercial Carpet 
• 
40 -Year history 
• 
Size: $ 1.2 Billion 
• 
Where: Global 
• 
Footprin...
INTERFACE ( A Global Company) 
Asia- Pacific 
15% 
Europe 
23% 
Americas 
62%
MARKET SEGMENTATION 
HOSPITALITY 
EDUCATION 
CORPORATE 
HEALTHCARE 
GOVERNMENT
Induction Product 2009 
PERFORMANCE 
SUSTAINABILITY 
S E R V I C E 
DESIGN
Induction Product 2009 
DAVID OAKEY – WORLD REKNOWN DESIGNER
“One day people 
like me will go 
to jail” 
Ray Anderson 1994
Interface .,Inc 1973 
1994 
Interface’s vision 
2020 Our Mission 
HOW THE JOURNEY BEGAN
The Interface Vision 
IMAGE HERE 
Interface‘s Vision 
“To be the first company that, by its deeds, shows the entire indust...
IMAGE HERE
What is 
Mission Zero?
Mission Zero raises the difficult questions: 
Q 
Q 
Q 
Can we eliminate our impact while delivering more to our customers?...
Our roots: the invention of modular floor design 
Design Freedom 
Glue-free, fast and flexible installation that minimises...
Applying ‘zeroism’ everywhere 
For Our 
Customers 
For Our 
Products 
For Our 
Factories 
For Our 
Value Chain 
Zero: 
Unw...
The Interface Model Seven Fronts of Mt. Sustainability 
IMAGE HERE 
1.Eliminate waste 
2.Eliminate harmful emissions 
3.Us...
Towards zero installation waste using Random Design 
Normal carpet tile 
3 - 4% 
Average wastage 
Broadloom 12% 
Random ca...
F1 
Entropy – inspired by nature 
Each tile is slightly different in pattern & color 
Typical i2 installation waste: 1.5% ...
Sample Return Program 
• 
2005: over 55,000 samples were returned 
• 
2006: 90,163 samples returned SIMs 
• 
In 2006, 8,00...
Zero 
Carbon emissions 
Fresh water use 
Waste Generation 
Accidents at work 
Zero water in our manufacturing process 
F1
Water savings 
• 
Exited energy intensive printing process in 1998 
• 
Water intake per square meter is down 87% since 199...
Ultrasonic machine reduces cutting waste radically 
Carpet 
Die cut 
Tiles 
6 cuts + waste 
Carpet 
Ultra Sonic cut 
Tiles...
Towards zero landfill 
F1
Front 2 : Eliminate harmful emissions
F2 
COOL CARPETTM 
Greenhouse Gas free Carpet
Towards zero carbon with Cool Carpet® 
Uses recognised standards 
Verified by independent third party 
Covers the full lif...
The Cool Fuel™ program offsets CO2 from company car fuel purchases 
Cool Co2mmute offsets GHG emissions from employee comm...
Towards zero VOCs and better air quality 
Emissions requirements from different national legislations and European standar...
Zero 
Carbon emissions 
Fresh water use 
Waste Generation 
Accidents at work 
Our factory feeds on bio-gas from fish and c...
Zero 
Carbon emissions 
Fresh water use 
Waste Generation 
Accidents at work 
Insulating pipes and equipment to avoid ther...
Zero 
Carbon emissions 
Fresh water use 
Waste Generation 
Accidents at work 
Periodically finding leakages of compressed ...
Front 4 : Closing the loop 
ReEntry Program 
Interface has diverted more than 103 million lbs of carpet since 1994
Transportation 
End of Life/ Use 
Landfill 
Recycling 
Use & Maintenance 
Product 
Manufacturing 
Raw material 
extraction...
1 
2 
3 
1. 
Carpet shipped back to LaGrange, Georgia 
2. 
Full carpet tile is ground up, fiber and backing 
3. 
Agglomera...
4 
4 
5 
6 
ReEntry Program 
4. 
“Cool Blue Food” sprinkled onto conveyor belt 
5. 
Pellets heated until they ‘ooze’ 
6. 
...
Transforming our supply chain towards Mission Zero 
Front 5 : Resource efficient transportation
Towards zero transport impacts through our local manufacturing 
Establish local manufacturing sites 
F5
Shifting to lower-carbon modes of transport with railway and barges 
F5
Improving transport efficiency 
On average our trucks are now 85-90% full 
F5
Front 6 : Sensitizing Stakeholders 
“Together We Can Reuse It”
F6 GREEN APPLE DAY
F6 Wild Life Conservation
F6 Community projects
F6 Community projects
F6 Mission Zero Week
Front 7 : Redesign Commerce 
ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT COMPARISON OF GRIDSET "GREEN GLUE" vs TACTILES050100APEPFAETPGWPHTPMA...
110g 
5g 
Adhesive per m2 
TacTilesTM, per m2 
Most emissions from a flooring installation come from the glue 
F7
Zero disruption during installation 
Renovisions lifts the furniture and reduces disruption 
F7
Zero hassle maintenance 
F7
F7 
LEED BUILDING 
Interface was involved in LEED's development and several of our showrooms and manufacturing facilities ...
INTERFACE LEED SITES 
Shanghai Showroom – LEED Gold 
Atlanta Showroom – LEED Platinum 
Ray C Anderson Plant, West Point – ...
Three ways to reduce the biggest impact of a carpet tile: 
1 Use less yarn 
2 Use recycled yarn 
3 Invent a new yarn 
F7
Use less yarn 
Microtuft: 
Around 50% less yarn 
F7
Today: We have more than 400 colours with 100% recycled nylon 
90’s: the inventors of nylon told us it was impossible to r...
Net Works 
Net-Works is the first step in creating a truly restorative loop in carpet tile production, cleaning up oceans ...
Fotosfera is our first product using bio- based nylon yarn 
63% 
bio-based yarn 
Invent a new yarn 
F7
Towards zero unfairness 
F7
Biomimicry – Design inspiration from nature 
Nature has 3.8 billion years of design 
experience 
F7
Sustainability Metrics
EcoMetrics 
- 
Recycle content 
- 
Energy 
We measure our progress to Mission Zero along three paths... 
PROCESS 
PRODUCT ...
Product 
Impacts 
70% of Carbon Impacts Occur in the Raw Materials and 
Production Stage (Cradle-to-Gate) 
Average Carbon ...
Product 
Impacts 
Average Cradle-to-Gate Carbon Impacts 
8.56 kg CO2/m2 
75% of Cradle-to-Gate Carbon Impacts are from 
Ya...
2013 EcoMetrics Highlights 
ENERGY USE per unit of production since 1996 
RENEWABLE ENERGY of total energy use 
GHG EMISSI...
2013 Renewable Electricity 
1. 
Scherpenzeel Green from Grid + Solar 
2. 
Craigavon Green from Grid 
3. 
LaGrange – Kyle 1...
Happy and Productive 
Culture 
“ Sustainability is in our DNA “ 
Mission Zero Champions or Ambassadors 
Engagement – QUEST...
Interface’s Sustainable Carpets: Zero Waste
Interface’s Sustainable Carpets: Zero Waste
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Interface’s Sustainable Carpets: Zero Waste

  1. 1. “ What is common to the greatest number has the least care bestowed upon it “ - Aristotle
  2. 2. THE WORLD’S LEADING MODULAR CARPET COMPANY
  3. 3. INTERFACE INC. Business • Commercial Carpet • 40 -Year history • Size: $ 1.2 Billion • Where: Global • Footprint: • 6 Manufacturing • 37 Offices
  4. 4. INTERFACE ( A Global Company) Asia- Pacific 15% Europe 23% Americas 62%
  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION HOSPITALITY EDUCATION CORPORATE HEALTHCARE GOVERNMENT
  6. 6. Induction Product 2009 PERFORMANCE SUSTAINABILITY S E R V I C E DESIGN
  7. 7. Induction Product 2009 DAVID OAKEY – WORLD REKNOWN DESIGNER
  8. 8. “One day people like me will go to jail” Ray Anderson 1994
  9. 9. Interface .,Inc 1973 1994 Interface’s vision 2020 Our Mission HOW THE JOURNEY BEGAN
  10. 10. The Interface Vision IMAGE HERE Interface‘s Vision “To be the first company that, by its deeds, shows the entire industrial world what Sustainability is in all its dimensions: people, process, product, place and profits – by 2020 – and in doing so we will become restorative through the power of influence.”
  11. 11. IMAGE HERE
  12. 12. What is Mission Zero?
  13. 13. Mission Zero raises the difficult questions: Q Q Q Can we eliminate our impact while delivering more to our customers? Can a corporation do well and do good at the same time? Can an industry based on petrochemicals really achieve zero impact?
  14. 14. Our roots: the invention of modular floor design Design Freedom Glue-free, fast and flexible installation that minimises disruption Minimal installation waste The ability to change at low cost Flexibility to reconfigure and create zones Easy handling, storage and transport Convenient uplift to enable reuse or recycling Easy maintenance Wellbeing
  15. 15. Applying ‘zeroism’ everywhere For Our Customers For Our Products For Our Factories For Our Value Chain Zero: Unwanted Noise, Greenwash, Landfill, Carbon, Hassle, VOCs. Zero: Virgin Yarn, Installation Waste, Virgin Backing, Toxic Chemicals, Secrets. Zero: Carbon, Fresh Water Usage, Waste, Accidents at Work. Zero: Petrochemicals, Unfairness, Transport Impacts, Risks.
  16. 16. The Interface Model Seven Fronts of Mt. Sustainability IMAGE HERE 1.Eliminate waste 2.Eliminate harmful emissions 3.Use renewable energy 4.Closing the loop 5.Resource efficient transportation 6.Sensitizing Stakeholders 7.Redesign Commerce
  17. 17. Towards zero installation waste using Random Design Normal carpet tile 3 - 4% Average wastage Broadloom 12% Random carpet tile 1 - 2% FRONT 1 : Eliminate Waste
  18. 18. F1 Entropy – inspired by nature Each tile is slightly different in pattern & color Typical i2 installation waste: 1.5% Typical broadloom installation waste: 8-12%  Reduced installation waste  Reduced manufacturing waste  No attic stock, no storage space needed
  19. 19. Sample Return Program • 2005: over 55,000 samples were returned • 2006: 90,163 samples returned SIMs • In 2006, 8,000 SIM prints sent • Conserving > 2,000 gal of oil • Keeping 20,000 lbs carpet out of landfill 1 Carpet sample=1 Qt oil F1
  20. 20. Zero Carbon emissions Fresh water use Waste Generation Accidents at work Zero water in our manufacturing process F1
  21. 21. Water savings • Exited energy intensive printing process in 1998 • Water intake per square meter is down 87% since 1996 • Today no wastewater leaves manufacturing area • No environmental permits are needed ˜ Big cost savings! 1 Carpet sample=1 Qt oil 50 gallons/sq yd 0.9 gallons/sq yd versus F1
  22. 22. Ultrasonic machine reduces cutting waste radically Carpet Die cut Tiles 6 cuts + waste Carpet Ultra Sonic cut Tiles 1 cut + waste ‘window waste’ with ultra sonic cutting ‘window waste’ with die cutting F1
  23. 23. Towards zero landfill F1
  24. 24. Front 2 : Eliminate harmful emissions
  25. 25. F2 COOL CARPETTM Greenhouse Gas free Carpet
  26. 26. Towards zero carbon with Cool Carpet® Uses recognised standards Verified by independent third party Covers the full life cycle F2
  27. 27. The Cool Fuel™ program offsets CO2 from company car fuel purchases Cool Co2mmute offsets GHG emissions from employee commuting EPA SmartWay Transport Charter Partner, to reduce emissions from ground freight F2
  28. 28. Towards zero VOCs and better air quality Emissions requirements from different national legislations and European standards (μg/m after 3 days) German regulation (AgBB, building products) French regulation (AFSSET, building productions) GEV EMICODE EC1 (for adhesives) Blue Angel RAL UZ 113 (for adhesives) Gut (for carpet, standard used by Interface) μg/m3 After 3 days μg/m3 After 28 days F2
  29. 29. Zero Carbon emissions Fresh water use Waste Generation Accidents at work Our factory feeds on bio-gas from fish and chocolate waste Scherpenzeel down to Zero Front 3 : Use renewable energy
  30. 30. Zero Carbon emissions Fresh water use Waste Generation Accidents at work Insulating pipes and equipment to avoid thermal loss Scherpenzeel down to Zero F4 F3
  31. 31. Zero Carbon emissions Fresh water use Waste Generation Accidents at work Periodically finding leakages of compressed air F3
  32. 32. Front 4 : Closing the loop ReEntry Program Interface has diverted more than 103 million lbs of carpet since 1994
  33. 33. Transportation End of Life/ Use Landfill Recycling Use & Maintenance Product Manufacturing Raw material extraction Measurement of Global Warming Impact: Where do impacts occur with Carpet? (Closing the Loop) 71% 10% 9% 7% 3% Greenhouse gas emissions F4
  34. 34. 1 2 3 1. Carpet shipped back to LaGrange, Georgia 2. Full carpet tile is ground up, fiber and backing 3. Agglomerator converts material to pellets ReEntry Program F4
  35. 35. 4 4 5 6 ReEntry Program 4. “Cool Blue Food” sprinkled onto conveyor belt 5. Pellets heated until they ‘ooze’ 6. Backing cured and face fiber added F4
  36. 36. Transforming our supply chain towards Mission Zero Front 5 : Resource efficient transportation
  37. 37. Towards zero transport impacts through our local manufacturing Establish local manufacturing sites F5
  38. 38. Shifting to lower-carbon modes of transport with railway and barges F5
  39. 39. Improving transport efficiency On average our trucks are now 85-90% full F5
  40. 40. Front 6 : Sensitizing Stakeholders “Together We Can Reuse It”
  41. 41. F6 GREEN APPLE DAY
  42. 42. F6 Wild Life Conservation
  43. 43. F6 Community projects
  44. 44. F6 Community projects
  45. 45. F6 Mission Zero Week
  46. 46. Front 7 : Redesign Commerce ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT COMPARISON OF GRIDSET "GREEN GLUE" vs TACTILES050100APEPFAETPGWPHTPMAETPODPPOCPRADTETPEEGreen GlueTactiles TACTILES  Creates a “Floating Floor”  Install over existing floors  Tiles adhere to one another, not the floor  90% Lower Environmental Footprint  Eliminates installation waste
  47. 47. 110g 5g Adhesive per m2 TacTilesTM, per m2 Most emissions from a flooring installation come from the glue F7
  48. 48. Zero disruption during installation Renovisions lifts the furniture and reduces disruption F7
  49. 49. Zero hassle maintenance F7
  50. 50. F7 LEED BUILDING Interface was involved in LEED's development and several of our showrooms and manufacturing facilities have achieved high LEED accreditation. Our Thailand plant is the first LEED Certified building in the country
  51. 51. INTERFACE LEED SITES Shanghai Showroom – LEED Gold Atlanta Showroom – LEED Platinum Ray C Anderson Plant, West Point – LEED Certified InterfaceFLOR Thailand – LEED Certified F7
  52. 52. Three ways to reduce the biggest impact of a carpet tile: 1 Use less yarn 2 Use recycled yarn 3 Invent a new yarn F7
  53. 53. Use less yarn Microtuft: Around 50% less yarn F7
  54. 54. Today: We have more than 400 colours with 100% recycled nylon 90’s: the inventors of nylon told us it was impossible to recycle nylon Use recycled yarn F7
  55. 55. Net Works Net-Works is the first step in creating a truly restorative loop in carpet tile production, cleaning up oceans and beaches while also creating financial opportunities for some of the poorest people in the world F7
  56. 56. Fotosfera is our first product using bio- based nylon yarn 63% bio-based yarn Invent a new yarn F7
  57. 57. Towards zero unfairness F7
  58. 58. Biomimicry – Design inspiration from nature Nature has 3.8 billion years of design experience F7
  59. 59. Sustainability Metrics
  60. 60. EcoMetrics - Recycle content - Energy We measure our progress to Mission Zero along three paths... PROCESS PRODUCT CULTURE LCA and Natural Capital - Emissions - Waste SocioMetrics - Engagement - Safety Sustainability Metrics: Measuring our Progress toward Mission Zero “ What Gets Measured, Gets Done “ - Ray Anderson
  61. 61. Product Impacts 70% of Carbon Impacts Occur in the Raw Materials and Production Stage (Cradle-to-Gate) Average Carbon Impacts by Life Cycle Stage (2013 global weighted average of products sold) 8.56 kg CO2/m2
  62. 62. Product Impacts Average Cradle-to-Gate Carbon Impacts 8.56 kg CO2/m2 75% of Cradle-to-Gate Carbon Impacts are from Yarn and Backing (2013 global weighted average of products sold)
  63. 63. 2013 EcoMetrics Highlights ENERGY USE per unit of production since 1996 RENEWABLE ENERGY of total energy use GHG EMISSIONS per unit of production since 1996 RECYCLED and BIOBASED MATERIALS of total raw materials use WASTE TO LANDFILL per unit of production since 1996 WATER INTAKE per unit of production since 1996 39% 35% 71% 49% 83% 94%
  64. 64. 2013 Renewable Electricity 1. Scherpenzeel Green from Grid + Solar 2. Craigavon Green from Grid 3. LaGrange – Kyle 1&2 RECs + Solar 4. LaGrange– Kyle 3 (ReEntry) RECs 5. West Point RECs Two facilities have on-site solar photovoltaic arrays which produced 17 MWh of electricity and saved 9 tonnes of GHG emissions in 2012  LaGrange - 9 MWh (0.01% of electricity usage) saved 6 tonnes of GHG emissions  Scherpenzeel - 8 MWh (0.03% of electricity usage) saved 3 tonnes of GHG emissions Energy 5 out of 7 manufacturing facilities use 100% renewable electricity:
  65. 65. Happy and Productive Culture “ Sustainability is in our DNA “ Mission Zero Champions or Ambassadors Engagement – QUEST, Q12, 360. Less is more, C.I., Innovation Safety, Health and Well being. Zero Waste Renewable Accountable

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