One of today’s ever growing issues is global warming, which impacts everyone. BCFA member Interface, a worldwide modular flooring company and global leader in sustainability, have created Carbon Neutral Floors™ to help lower your carbon footprint with one positive step. At the end of this article we will show you their new Biophilic guide – continue reading so that you don’t miss out!
Interface are the first global flooring manufacturer to declare that all of its products, including all carpet tile and luxury vinyl tile (LVT), carbon neutral across its entire product lifecycle. The company is now offering their Carbon Neutral Floors™ programme as standard to every customer at no extra cost, to help them meet your own sustainability goals, while also allowing you to reduce the emissions impact of your projects or spaces.
Since 1994, Interface has worked arduously to reduce every product’s environmental impact, reducing the average carbon impact of its products by an estimated 60%. Addressing the remaining carbon impacts has led to offsetting more than 4 million tons of carbon dioxide since introducing carbon neutral carpet tiles to the market in 2002 through its original Cool Carpet™ programme in the Americas.
Interface is committed to reducing carbon emissions from building materials and products, known as ‘embodied carbon,’ which contribute significantly to greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment. The Company also intends to initiate a new conversation in the industry and create opportunities for customers to directly address global warming with a flooring specification decision. Interface estimates it will offset 400,000 metric tons of carbon emissions in 2018 as part of the programme, equivalent to the carbon absorbed annually by nearly half a million acres of forest.
“Interface has spent the last 24 years focusing on eliminating our own environmental impact. As we embark on our new Climate Take Back™ mission, we now have a more ambitious goal to reverse global warming. We cannot do this alone, and our customers have come forward asking how they can participate. Architects and designers, flooring contractors and end users are beginning to see that their decisions – the products they specify and buy – have a direct impact on our climate. By specifying Interface products, they can do their part to address embodied carbon. We need to work together to elevate embodied carbon as an opportunity and to shine a light on those that are taking the lead. Now with every purchase, our customers are joining us in this important endeavour.” Erin Meezan, Interface’s Chief Sustainability Officer.
To reach carbon neutrality for all of their products around the globe, Interface calculates all remaining greenhouse gas emissions for the entire lifecycle of its products, investing in verified emission reduction projects to offset these. These projects have included reforestation, addressing deforestation and degradation, wind-based power generation, low-impact run of river electricity generation, and improved household charcoal stoves. The program is verified annually by independent third-party auditors.
Through the Carbon Neutral Floors programme, Interface will also offer to provide information to each customer to help them understand the carbon impact of their purchase. For each flooring purchase, the company can calculate the estimated carbon reductions and present that documentation to the customer at the project or total global purchase level. For example, for every 1,000 square meters of Interface flooring sold, the company will offset carbon emissions equivalent to a car travelling 25,000 miles, or one trip around the Earth. Interface will also offer to provide tools to promote their leadership with key stakeholder groups, including their employees.
Offering Carbon Neutral Floors represents Interface’s next step toward a Climate Take Back™. Why not explore their Climate Take Back mission site: mission zero? Interface’s mission follows on well from Design Insider’s video in regards to the devastating effects of Plastic. You can watch this here.
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