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Interface unveils Microsfera

The carpet tile with the lowest ever carbon footprint

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | February 27, 2015 | Sustainability

Global modular flooring manufacturer, Interface, has unveiled its latest product, Microsfera, an innovative, hybrid flooring solution with the smallest carbon footprint of any carpet tile in history. 

Microsfera sets a new low carbon record for carpet tiles, with just 3 kg of carbon per m2 released during its production, including the processing of all its raw materials. This compares with a typical carpet tile which releases 12 kg of CO2 per m2, while an 80/20 wool/nylon broadloom carpet releases 63 kg of CO2 per m2. 

Microsfera also contributes to a superior indoor air quality, with ultra-low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) emissions. VOCs are common chemicals which are emitted from a variety of sources, including cleaning products and new furnishings. They are known to cause symptoms, such as headaches, lack of concentration and fatigue, so it is particular important to improve air quality in education environments where students are spending a lot of time indoors studying. 

Available in 100cm x 25cm Skinny Planks, Microsfera fuses beauty with function to offer subtle, linear design options and flexibility, while reducing waste. The colour palette comprises a range of balanced shades: industrial greys, on-trend denim-inspired blues and raw copper hues that can be combined to create striking effects and transitions. When coupled with the rich, sensory textures of Interface’s Touch & Tones product range, Microsfera modular flooring can be used to enrich spaces, creating contrasts and differentiating zones.

Microsfera addresses the two biggest contributors of CO2 in the carpet manufacturing industry: the yarn fibre and the latex pre-coat.[1] To achieve this, Interface combined Microtuft™ construction with its revolutionary modular fusion process. Microtuft™ was first developed by Interface in 2000 to dramatically cut the amount of yarn used in carpet tiles. Now, Interface has gone one step further, using polypropylene yarn in a Microtuft™ construction to achieve the lowest carbon footprint ever in a heavy contract carpet tile.

Using its pioneering modular fusion process, the Microtuft™ yarn is fused directly at the back, eliminating the need for a latex pre-coat, while ensuring Microsfera achieves the same durable performance and heavy contract ratings as traditional carpet tiles.

A full product range and specifications are available to view at www.interface.com/microsfera

[1] Interface uses Life-cycle assessment (LCA) as a tool to measure the environmental impact of products – evaluation showed that the main social cost of products is their CO2 contribution. Most of the carbon in products comes from the raw materials, with yarn and latex containing the highest levels.
 

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