In 1994, Ray had his legendary “spear in the chest” epiphany. He shook the foundations of the petroleum-intensive carpet manufacturing industry by declaring that Interface was committed to becoming the world’s first environmentally sustainable—and, ultimately, restorative—company.
Redesigning Our Products
We challenge assumptions and bring elegant approaches and innovative technology to the design of modular carpet. By posing different questions, we developed a more holistic view of the impacts our products and processes have on the planet. This has allowed us to be more strategic in minimizing—and ultimately eliminating—the environmental impacts associated with our products.
Redesigning Our Company
In 1994, at age sixty and in his company’s twenty-second year, our founder and Chairman Ray Anderson steered Interface on a new course—one designed to reduce our environmental footprint while increasing our profits. His bold new vision was to create the first enterprise to become truly sustainable.
Interface aspires to be the proving ground for a new industrial revolution. By demonstrating that there is a better way to a bigger, more legitimate profit, we offer the world an undeniably improved business model that can serve as a paradigm for others to embrace.
Living Building Challenge
Interface supports the vision of the International Living Future Institute but takes a holistic approach to creating sustainable products instead of focusing on a "Red List" of items.
Interface’s global Human Spaces Report is building the case for biophilic design. Led by renowned organizational psychologist Professor Sir Cary Cooper, the report reveals that employees who work in environments with natural elements have a higher level of well-being, are more productive and more creative.
Interface is committed to transparency and our Environmental Product Declarations, or EPDs, ensure that carpet tile specifiers can make an apples to apples comparison when looking at environmental attributes.
A Legacy of Innovation
Interface began in 1973, when Ray C. Anderson discovered a need for flexible flooring. To make it happen, Ray led a joint venture with Carpets International Plc. (CI), a British company, and a group of American investors to produce and market modular carpet. This original team of 15 faced significant challenges from sharply rising petrochemical costs, a key raw material in the carpet industry. CI’s advanced cutting and bonding technology sustained the company and enabled it to meet the needs of the office building boom of the mid-1970s.
The Interface team is dedicated to spreading goodness, from impactful interiors to sustainable practices. To keep ourselves accountable for our actions, we’ve created five core values that pave the way for everything we do. These values are: design a better way, be genuine and generous, inspire others, connect the whole and embrace tomorrow, today.