Interface hits 90% sustainability milestone

Carpet tile manufacturer Interface has hit a 90% sustainability milestone at its Dutch manufacturing facility on its quest for zero environmental impact by 2020.

The company revealed it had reached the carbon reduction figure at its European production plant 18 years after launching its Mission Zero initiative.

As of January 2014, the company has been operating with 100% renewable energy both in electricity and gas, using no water in its manufacturing processes while attaining zero waste to landfill.

Rob Boogaard, CEO of Interface in Europe said the company has taken “huge strides” towards reaching the goal during the last three years particularly.

“To put it in context, as per January 2014, we are operating our European factories with a 90% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1996 while the EU Commission has set an EU carbon reduction target of 40% by 2030,” he said.

Mr Boogaard added that while excited about further progress in 2014 for Interface, the company cannot afford any complacency.

“For us, Mission Zero is not simply about reducing our own direct impacts – it’s also about taking full responsibility for the entire lifecycle of our products.

“Our goal is to cut the umbilical cord to oil, with the result that 44% of our raw materials in Europe are already recycled or bio-based we’ve come a long way but our mission continues.”