Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in HE

Radical innovation to achieve Mission Zero

Interface's continued innovation in both products and services can assist in improving environmental credentials

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | August 03, 2015 | Facilities

In 1994 Interface’s late founder, Ray Anderson, recognised that the way the carpet industry worked was fundamentally unsustainable, as it used up and threw away the earth’s vulnerable natural resources with little regard for the future.

Ray’s observation revolutionised Interface’s business strategy and has shaped the company‘s development ever since. He stated at this point that it was vital for Interface to ‘cut the umbilical cord to oil’. Ray’s ‘Mission Zero’ was born: Interface’s commitment to become the first company to be fully sustainable by the year 2020 – which means having zero negative impact on the environment. Ultimately it is the aim to become a restorative organisation – giving back more that is taken away.

Since 1994, Interface has used radical innovation to continually raise the bar and set standards within the flooring industry: in 1995 Interface launched its Re-Entry programme, taking back used carpet tile; in 2000 the first non-directional tile was introduced drastically cutting installation and replacement waste; in 2011 the first 100% recycled nylon carpet tile was produced; and in 2013 Interface’s inclusive business model, the Net-Works programme was launched. In 2015 the achievements continue to go from strength to strength as Interface launched Microsfera, the most sustainable commercial carpet tile ever produced.

In a climate where sustainability is constantly climbing the agenda within university leadership teams, Interface’s continued innovation in both products and services can assist in improving environmental credentials.

W: www.interfaceflor.co.uk

Subscribe to our free fortnightly newsletter and stay ahead with the latest news in HE

Related stories

Bristol submits plans for £300 million enterprise campus

Brexit impact on business courses threatens uni finances

Hi-tech makes for safe spaces

New Vice-Chancellor for Bath Spa

What's in a year?

Manchester Metropolitan ranked as UK's greenest university

Russell Group generates £87 billion annually

What is a virtual event and how are universities using them?

Going digital

A Governance Framework for the future

Market place - view all

Student FM

StudentFM was established in 2004 and our commitment to providing t...

BENQ

BenQ Corporation is a Taiwanese multi-national company that sells a...

Prodisplay

Pro Display was born to innovate, changing the face of visual displ...

Jamf software

Solutions for education. Power the digital classroom with Apple an...

Cosector, University of London

We offer leading edge IT solutions that empower and drive change wi...

Webanywhere

Education Solutions for your School
Webanywhere provide the pri...