Social Sustainability

January 7, 2013
Net-Works Project a Success
By establishing a community-based supply chain for discarded nets, Net-Works aims to improve the livelihood of local fishers while providing Interface with an innovative source of recycled materials for its carpet tiles.

May 30, 2013
Interface Co-Hosts First CaGBC Legacy Project
Modular carpet tile manufacturer, Interface, joins the CaGBC to host the first Legacy Project at the CaGBC National Conference & Expo.

January 16, 2013
Interface Participates in Green Apple Day of Service
Interface, the leading global manufacturer of modular carpet tile, is taking a page from its own lesson book on stewardship and sustainability and is headed into schools across the country and around the world.

May 16, 2013
Interface Reconnect Design Winner
"Rebolo Eco-Park", by Jesús Pertuz of Paris, France, is the winner of Interface, Inc.’s “Reconnect Your Space” competition, which invited architects, designers and students to submit their visions for how biophilia can influence design.

April 18, 2013
Interface Sustainability Metrics
Interface, Inc., the global modular carpet company that has pioneered sustainable business practices since 1994, released annual data updating its metrics portfolio to include progress towards environmental and social goals.

May 18, 2012
Interface Adopts New EPD Transparency Brief
Interface is now the first floorcovering manufacturer to adopt the newest assurance of transparency: the EPD Transparency Brief.

October 16, 2012
Serving our Schools: Green Apple Day of Service

Having a company culture that embraces volunteering in our community made supporting the USGBC’s Green Apple Day of Service a natural fit. In our busy society, and despite good intentions, these types of projects often get pushed down the to-do list. Thus, the Day of Service provided a terrific incentive to prioritize working in our local communities and schools.

Net Effect

Net Effect is a carpet tile collection that honors the ocean not only in its aesthetic references but also in a unique and tangible way through a project called Net-Works™. Net Effect One is a collection of three textures in 50cm squares that, when placed side by side, describes the precise moment when the sea foams into the shore. Net Effect Two is a collection of three products in our new 25cm X 1m skinny plank format that captures the fluidity of water even in linear patterns with expanding and contracting rhythms.

July 10, 2013
Interface Introduces Net Effect
Carpet tile manufacturer Interface has journeyed beyond the typical design boundaries of carpet squares and planks. And it’s now breaking through to new levels of environmental and social responsibility, sustainability and the next wave in product design. A new modular carpet collection, Net Effect™, is inspired both by the ocean’s life-giving power and its plight – marine life and habitats that are endangered by discarded fishing nets, acidification, over-fishing, pollution and climate change.

June 3, 2013
The Ripple Effect

What if we could build a truly inclusive business model – buying discarded nets from local fishermen – giving them extra income – and cleaning up the beaches and oceans at the same time?”

Our Mission

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.

August 28, 2013
Giving Back on Green Apple Day of Service

Green Apple Day of Service is an opportunity to serve others on a global scale. Last year Interface associates in Latin America assisted two schools in poor communities within Sao Paulo, Brazil, educating students about the importance of our environment and how social responsibility can change lives.

August 13, 2013
Building Lasting Change

Building lasting change was the theme of this year's Canada Green Building Council's national conference; and, in beautiful alignment with the conference theme, 2013 marked the Conference's inaugural legacy project.

October 9, 2013
John Wells Joins RCAF Board Press Release
John Wells, President and Chief Executive Officer of Interface Americas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Interface, Inc., has been appointed to join the Ray C. Anderson Foundation’s Advisory Board.

October 16, 2013
Green Apple Day of Service – connecting to Tomorrow’s Child

The Green Apple Day of Service offers an opportunity to take action - devoting time and resources towards improving schools and engaging with students. Interface is proud to be a corporate sponsor of Green Apple for the second year and involve our associates in this worthwhile effort leading 40 projects globally.

September 26, 2013
IIDEX 2013 Net Effect Collection
Carpet tile manufacturer Interface introduces a new modular carpet collection, Net Effect™, is inspired both by the ocean’s life-giving power and its plight – marine life and habitats that are endangered by discarded fishing nets, acidification, over-fishing, pollution and climate change.

November 20, 2013
Greenbuild 2013
As Interface works towards its sustainability goal, it is also engaging in activities that leave, as founder Ray Anderson said, “the world better with every square meter of carpet we sell.” This concept of Restorative Enterprise is the cornerstone of a robust schedule of events that the company will present at the 2013 Greenbuild Show.

Global Capabilities

At Interface, we live where we work. This may seem fundamental, but it makes us unique in the carpet industry. To be global in thought and action—with outposts and people on the ground in six continents—is truly extraordinary.

November 19, 2013
What Does Restorative Mean to You?

“How do we leave the world better with every square meter of carpet we sell?” That was Interface Founder Ray Anderson’s response to the question, what does restorative mean to you?

May 13, 2013
Work Out

30 x 30 Challenge: Spend 30 mins outside for 30 days. Interface Canada joins the challenge.

November 20, 2013

Pushing boundaries, exploring new dimensions of ourselves and realizing the power of teamwork—these define the journey of a sustainability advocate and the #bikegreenapple tour group.

October 29, 2013
Partnerships Lead to Expanded Impact

As one company, we have learned we can have an influence on others. But add additional partners and our collective influence grows exponentially. In 2013, Interface & IIDA partnered together to make a larger impact on Green Apple Day of Service.

May 20, 2013
Clinton Global Initiative University Turns Ideas into Actions

Interface partners with the Clinton Global Initiative to host a service project during the annual CGI University conference.

December 4, 2013
Counting Nature’s Services

What is Natural Capital and why is it important? Connie Hensler shares some insight.

November 7, 2013
Interface Partners with the Buckminster Fuller Challenge

Interface Partners with the Buckminster Fuller Challenge

November 21, 2013
Interface Recognizes Waterbank Schools for Additional Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award

Interface Recognizes Waterbank Schools for Additional Buckminster Fuller Challenge Award

December 19, 2013
Redesign Economy

Toby Heaps elaborates on the evolution and the vision of Council for Clean Capitalism.

January 7, 2014
Restorative is…

Greenbuild 2013, Interface asks "What does it mean to be a restorative enterprise?"

Greening Your Supply Chain

Interface recommends you apply the following six practices to the manufacturers and suppliers with whom you work to begin or increase the greening of your higher education campus’ supply chain.

Green Apple

Interface was one of the first companies to join the effort as a founding sponsor in 2012; exemplifying our sustainability mission, supporting our commitment to “legacy” social sustainability projects, and expanding our leadership in the education segment. Green Apple Day of Service is an expression of our commitment to restorative business, leaving the world a better place through inspiring and healthy spaces for learning, educating youth, and tackling global social issues.

August 20, 2014
Why Does Sustainability Need Beauty?

Between Interface’s two-day workshop exploring how to bridge the divide between beauty and sustainability and the Living Future conference, which was themed “Beauty and Inspiration”, Lindsay James came to some conclusions regarding the intersection of beauty and her chosen career of sustainability.

August 25, 2014
Living Cully – Building a Park & a Lasting Legacy

Recently, the International Living Future Institute and founding sponsor Interface teamed up with Verde to transform a run-down public right-of-way in Northeast Portland into a safe, beautiful and refreshing green space—Thomas Cully Park.

October 13, 2014
Who Needs Beauty?

Who needs beauty? We all do. Interface explores how biophilic design can use beauty to satisfy this inherent need while providing healthier, more productive built environments that may ultimately lead its inhabitants to create a better world.

January 20, 2015
On Being Inspired

When your world is communicated through the medium of squares, the idea of a rectangle is radical indeed. In a moment of unbridled geometric experimentation, we created the skinny plank. We were so excited about the possibilities of planks as a new modular carpet format that we felt it demanded new collaborators to express its potential. So Interface became the real life client for a class of 14 students at Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) in Atlanta. Wildly collaborative, the experience inspired us and the students’ work is sure to inspire all who experience it.

SCAD and Interface Collaboration

As we considered a unique way to inspire designers with our skinny planks, we realized we needed a partner who could offer a new point of view. So we opted for a group of talented multi-media design students from Atlanta’s Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD). They were young and unfamiliar with our industry. Who better to give a fresh perspective?

30 x 30 Nature Challenge 2016

Join Interface in David Suzuki's 2016 30 x 30 Nature Challenge. Embrace your innate love of nature and commit to spend 30 minutes outside for 30 days in May.

Human Spaces

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.

March 30, 2015
Documenting a Legend

MagicWig Productions' Leanne Robinson-Maine explains why and how their documentary on Ray Anderson and his revolutionary redesign of Interface, "So Right So Smart", came to be.

July 8, 2015
Part 1 – From Daylighting to Skateboards: An Exploration of Restorative Potential

We had the pleasure of hosting David Stover, CEO and co-founder of Bureo skateboard company, and Bill Browning, expert in biophilic design and partner and co-founder of Terrapin Bright Green, at our Chicago showroom during NeoCon for a panel discussion on the potential of restorative business.

July 30, 2015
Part 2 – From Daylighting to Skateboards: An Exploration of Restorative Potential

This is the continuation of a discussion on the potential of restorative business between David Stover, CEO and co-founder of Bureo skateboard company, and Bill Browning, expert in biophilic design and partner and co-founder of Terrapin Bright Green.

August 26, 2015
Good Guys Need to Hang Together

Ray Anderson used to say, "Good guys need to hang together," knowing that it takes courage, sometimes found in numbers, to think and act differently. See what we did to show support to New Belgium Brewing for standing up for their beliefs.

August 25, 2015
One Man’s Trash: From Landfill to Zerolandfill

Interface Account Executive, Jeff Krejci, recognized the need to collect and recycle old commercial product samples. Out of this concern for discarded materials came the brainchild called Zerolandfill ­– an upcycling program that re-purposes expired specification samples and diverts this material from ending up in local landfills.

September 28, 2015
Interface at CGI 2015
Interface delivers progress report on the Net-Works program expansion at 2015 Clinton Global Initiative.

October 5, 2015
Learning Comes Alive with Aquaponics

Fifth graders at Ford Elementary brought science to life with aquaponics, a project supported by Interface's Environmental Education Grant.

November 16, 2015
What Does ‘Beautiful Thinking’ Mean?

How do we know when our ideas are beautiful? We've been dwelling on this question a lot lately - particularly with respect to how it impacts a sense of well-being in sustainably designed spaces.

December 8, 2015
A Ray of Hope – Ray C. Anderson Foundation Global Design Challenge

The Ray of Hope prize will recognize visionaries who are developing biomimicry-inspired solutions. This prize complements the Global Design Challenge which launched in 2015.

Bureo – Netting a Better Skateboard

Bureo is a skateboard company doing more than creating a good product. Its founders have created a sustainable business model and are making a net positive impact.

Driving Change

Sustainability vision forges a new path along a Georgia highway.

From Parts to Arts

Finding inspiration in a Mumbai market


The Net-Works program proves collaborative innovation can create positive, sustainable change.

Revitalizing the Atlanta Beltline | Interface

Atlanta’s former railway beltline breathes new life as a greenway of trails, parks, and continuous bike loops through a long-term revitalization project.

A Triple Win | Interface

On the road to zero environmental footprint, a global carpet manufacturer found unexpectedly positive social and economic impact.

March 15, 2016
Atlanta BeltLine Transforms the Future of Urban Planning

The Atlanta BeltLine is a sustainable redevelopment project conceived by Ryan Gravel that is transforming the future of urban planning. This project will connect surrounding neighborhoods through railway, nature trails and parks and greenspaces and provide new housing, events and commerce for Atlanta.

Feeling Good, Working Well

Meridian Credit Union’s transition team worked closely with designers Bullock + Wood and Interface to craft new offices that emphasize and support the well-being of its employees.

Unlikely Hero: The Story Behind The Story

Go behind the scenes of Interface's Unlikely Hero, an animated call to action for industry to help create a climate fit for life.

April 20, 2017
‘Drawdown’ Provides Solutions to Global Warming
Interface and the Net-Works program are featured in Paul Hawken's book, “Drawdown – The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming”