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Interface

About Cut the Fluff

This is Interface’s blog on sustainability and we comment on almost anything related to sustainability because we love the subject.

We want to cut the fluff out of sustainability and focus on the facts. On how we can eliminate our impacts by 2020, on how to deal with greenwash, on how to use LCAs and EPDs and many other acronyms that you will start to love soon.

Welcome to Cut the Fluff.

Mission Zero
In 1994, Interface Chairman Ray Anderson recognised that the way industry works is fundamentally unsustainable. Industry uses up and throws away the Earth’s valuable natural resources with little regard for the future. Waste from industrial processes pollutes the environment and emissions from energy use contribute to global warming. This culture cannot continue without serious environmental and social repercussions. Ray’s epiphany revolutionised Interface’s business strategy from that day forward, and has characterised the company’s development ever since. Our vision is to become, by 2020, the first company to be fully sustainable. In other words, our mission is to have zero negative impact. We want to work in equilibrium, with no negative effects from our people, process, product, place or profits.

Just the Facts
The marketing world has woken up to sustainability and the result is a blizzard of claims for products from cars to carpets: ‘carbon neutral’, ‘recyclable’, ‘natural’, ‘fair-trade’, ‘organic’, ‘environment friendly’, etc.

But sustainability is too complex to be explained by a single product benefit or green label.

This guide explains how to assess the sustainability of different products and the companies that make them.

Click here to find out more

By definition, we are the world’s largest designer and maker of carpet tile. By reputation, we are a company of ideas and courage.  

Ray Anderson founded Interface in 1973 because he believed in the global potential of carpet tile. From mill to management, vision has always been the rule—not the exception.

We stand for design as a way of thinking on an organizational level across all aspects of our business and as an aesthetic credo for our products. We offer a distinct point of view and strive to create ideal spaces to help realize your design visions.

We stand for sustainability. In 1994 we began to change the way we do business, and the result has been transformational. For us, for the industry. We believe that some companies feel a sense of responsibility larger than the products they sell. That for some companies, design has become a calling so central to their mission it is now second nature. On both fronts, Interface is that company.