With the launch of the world’s first carbon-negative carpet tile, Interface has exceeded even its own ambition to halt damage to the environment.
Since announcing its “Mission Zero” mandate in 1997, carpet manufacturer Interface has transformed itself from an ecological offender to a global leader in sustainability and corporate accountability. That original missive was to reduce the company’s waste and greenhouse gas emissions during manufacture to zero, and to use 100 per cent recycled or bio-based materials by 2020.
Last year, the company upped its own ante with Climate Take Back, an initiative that aims not just to curtail carbon output, but to set a standard for the reversal of climate change. The goal was a bold one, but at NeoCon this year Interface introduced Proof Positive, a carpet tile prototype that promises to help meet it.
An all-hands-on-deck effort drawing on the expertise of the company’s international technical team, Proof Positive uses plant-derived materials to contain carbon dioxide – theoretically, without the purchase of carbon offsets, there is less CO2 in the air for each tile manufactured. Unlike plants, which release their carbon back into the environment when they die, Proof Positive tiles can be recycled, keeping carbon dioxide locked in a closed-loop process even after the tiles have reached the end of their usefulness.