SUCCESS Interface’s 25-Year Journey to Becoming a Purpose-Driven Flooring Company.


1995: Establishes ReEntry® Recycling Program, which reclaims carpet to ensure used flooring tiles do not end up in landfills.

1996: Delivers first sustainability results through EcoMetrics program.

1996: Partners with yarn suppliers to develop

recycled nylon.

1994: Begins journey to Mission Zero, aiming to eliminate its negative environmental impact by 2020.

1995: Develops framework to track and measure sustainability progress, classified as Mount Sustainability; identifies seven fronts to describe key areas of focus.

1996: Launches QUEST (Quality Utilizing Employees’ Suggestions and Teamwork) to incentivize employees to eliminate waste.

1997: M meeting be Mission Ze distributes sustainab


In November, Interface announced Mission Zero success ahead of its original 2020 target. Over the past 25 years, the company drove significant improvements across all key sustainability metrics internally and throughout its supply chain to help meet its objectives. And, Interface galvanized others along the way to implement more sustainable business practices. This created a positive ripple effect that helped the company not only achieve but also extend Mission Zero far beyond its original intentions.

Interface’s direction and influence has helped countless others reduce their environmental footprint and work toward net zero impact within their own organisations. Based on 25 years of effort and commitment in pursuit of sustainability, the commercial flooring company provides a roadmap for other companies to follow in its “Lessons for the Future” report, which came out in November. It also provides a path to the future for the company’s next stretch target Climate Take Back™.

MISSION ZERO PROGRESS Interface created aggressive sustainability targets after Founder Ray Anderson’s famous “spear in the chest moment” in 1994. Working swiftly to develop a plan to reduce the company’s effect on the environment, Interface focused on reducing impact in three key areas of the business: its factories, products and suppliers.

And as of January 2019, the company achieved an important milestone. Every flooring product that Interface sells—carpet


2004: Becomes first to pilot Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs); begins ripple effect by presenting to other businesses, including Walmart.

2010: Develops first product with 100% recycled nylon with yarn supplier Aquafil.

Following 25 Years of sustainability leadership and innovation, Interface a

tile, LVT and rubber sheets and tiles—is now carbon neutral across its full lifecycle. After significantly reducing the carbon impact of its manufacturing operations and supply chain, Interface compensates for the remaining emissions through the purchase of carbon offsets.

“Mission Zero is the embodiment of Ray’s vision for Interface and for the world,” said Interface CEO Jay Gould. “Ray’s dream incited a movement—toward sustainable business and thoughtful consumption. His legacy lives on through the fulfilment of Mission Zero and the work Interface and others are doing every day to endeavour to create a carbon negative future.”

CREATING A RIPPLE EFFECT Along this journey to zero, Interface has done much more than reduce its own environmental footprint. Through sharing its progress and mentoring others, Interface has influenced countless others around the world to create change within their communities and their businesses. Reflecting on its 25 years of growth and influence, the company sought to measure and share these positive impacts using the SHINE Handprint Methodology to translate this influence into metric tons of carbon.

Interface created the conditions needed to exceed its Mission Zero goals in two areas quantified and verified using the SHINE Handprint Methodology: its supply chain and through a landfill gas project. In the first area, Interface collaborated with its nylon supplier to develop a yarn with recycled content, the


2016: Launches new mission, Climate Take Back™, which aims to reverse global warming.

2017: Announces Proof Positive, a first-of-its-kind, carbon negative carpet tile prototype.


2017: Join the first globa ocean-bound

2006: Unveils TacTiles® c™RE,


the first innovative, glue-free flooring installation method.

2012: Launches Net-Works™ in partnership with the Zoological Society of London to collect discarded fishing nets for recycling into new yarn.

2017: Breaks ties with CRI to support CA recycling law AB 1158.


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