Launched in 2015, Microsfera was a great expression of our ongoing quest to become more sustainable on a product level. Since our sustainability journey started in 1994, we have introduced innovations such as random designs, the TacTiles® installation system, recycled and biobased yarns and a precoat made from recycled PVB.
Microsfera was a cutting-edge carpet tile combining several sustainability breakthroughs, such as polypropylene yarn suitable for intensive use and Modular Fusion, a thermal bonding process that allowed construction without a precoat. Together, they lead to a massive decrease of environmental footprint compared to other carpet tiles in the market. Although it is no longer for sale, the breakthroughs that were needed to create Microsfera are being put to use in current and future products.
The Shrinking Carbon Footprint
The carbon footprint is the single most significant impact of a carpet tile. That’s why we call it ‘the magic metric’. Over time various developments in the carpet industry have led to a shrinking carbon footprint.
Microsfera is a big step forward. Even compared to a typical carpet tile using 100% recycled nylon, the carbon footprint of Microsfera is less than half the size.
Ultra Low VOC Emissions
Legislation in Germany and France requires the VOC emissions of a building product to never exceed 1,000μg/m3. The tougher GUT standard for carpet even requires us to keep them below 250μg/m3 after just three days.
Microsfera is far within these requirements with ultra low VOC emissions below 100μg/m3 after just three days.
Microsfera addresses the two biggest CO2 contributors in our industry: the yarn and the middle layer, known as the precoat.
The unique combination of a low-impact polypropylene yarn, our successful microtuft construction and an innovative modular fusion process has completely eliminated the need for the precoat by fusing the yarn pile directly to the backing.
This results in a high-performing product with the smallest carbon footprint for any commercial carpet tile to date.