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.