Innovation in product design and use of recycled materials has allowed Interface to dramatically reduce the amount of virgin plastic in our products, including a more than 60% reduction in the use of PVC in our carpet tile and the introduction of non-vinyl, bio-based alternatives like our CQuest™Bio backing. With a long-standing screening process in place – in addition to a lack of exposure pathways – the way we manage our recycled PVC is preferable to virgin plastics.
In an era where the vast majority of flooring ends up in a landfill or an incinerator, Interface has built a true closed loop system for vinyl flooring.
Old carpet tile backing and our Sound Choice™ LVT products can be recycled through ReEntry™ to feed our 3rd party verified closed loop production system and make CQuest™GB backing. This system allows us to safely make new carpet tile backing from old, avoiding the life cycle issues traditionally associated with the production and end-of-life of PVC and other plastics.
All PVC used by Interface in our carpet tile and resilient flooring is either 100% recycled (as in our CQuest™GB backing) or complies with the Green Star PVC Best Practice Guidelines.
We adopted these independent guidelines developed in Australia because PVC use continues to grow despite efforts like Red Lists, making it vitally important that specifiers have a way to ask for better PVC. Compliance with this standard eliminates the traditional concerns about the manufacture of PVC, harmful additives like heavy metal stabilizers and phthalate plasticizers, and end of life.
While some products claim to be “PVC Free,” as if that alone makes a product healthy and sustainable, our system assesses and optimizes all materials (including PVC plastic) for their contribution to green chemistry, the circular economy, and the creation of a climate fit for life.
Green Star audits manufacturing facilities for compliance, and allows products that meet the guidelines to contribute to a credit. All Interface LVT and Interface GlasBac™ and CQuest™GB carpet backings meet the Green Star Best Practice Guidelines.
No material is without its trade-offs, however. Meeting the Green Star guidelines does not mean PVC is 100% sustainable. We took the unusual step of applying an Australian standard to our global supply chain because it is the only independent, comprehensive standard for best practice PVC that exists in the world today, and we encourage others to do the same.
As we continue the push toward using only recycled or bio-based inputs, we always strive to ensure that today’s materials and practices are held to the highest standards available.
Through our commitment to achieving Climate Take Back™, we strive to: