Interface began life in 1973, when founder Ray Anderson recognised the need for more versatile flooring in the office.
Ray’s epiphany revolutionised Interface’s business strategy from that day forward. It led to our commitment to eliminate all negative impact on the environment by 2020. This is known as Mission Zero®. It influences every aspect of the business and inspires the company to continually push the boundaries in order to achieve its goal.
Our European manufacturing facility in Scherpenzeel, The Netherlands, now operates with 100% renewable energy (both electricity and gas). We also use virtually no water in our manufacturing processes, and send no waste to landfill in Europe.
The way we develop our products is also inspired by Mission Zero, for example The Net-Works™ partnership. Net-Works is the first step in creating a truly restorative loop in carpet tile production.
Working with communities in the Philippines and Cameroon, the Net-Works partnership is cleaning up oceans and beaches of discarded fishing nets that litter beaches and threaten marine life. The fishing nets are then recycled to become a new raw material for our carpet tiles. The innovative social and environmental project is managed by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) in collaboration with Interface and Aquafil, a global yarn manufacturer.
With people on the ground in six continents, over 40 global showrooms, and manufacturing sites in Australia, Asia, the Netherlands, the UK and the U.S., Interface is the only truly global manufacturer of carpet tile.
We help people to recognise their strengths and encourage them to take on roles where those strengths are nurtured. We want our people to be doing what they are good at on a daily basis.