Carbon Neutral Floors™

Take one bold step to reducing your carbon footprint.

When you choose Interface flooring, you’re on the path to a more sustainable space. You’re choosing to reduce the carbon footprint of your space and help improve the health of the planet.

The flooring products that we sell including carpet tile, LVT and nora®; rubber are carbon neutral across their full product life cycle through our third-party verified Carbon Neutral Floors™ program. And we calculate your floor’s impact so you can see its contribution to reducing global warming.

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Our journey to
carbon neutral floors

We know the impact our flooring has on our planet — whether carpet tile, LVT or nora rubber. And we’ve been leading the way to reduce the carbon footprint of our products for more than two decades.

In 2003, we began offering carbon-neutral flooring by offsetting the full life cycle of greenhouse gas emissions for carpet tiles across North and South America.​​

In 2018, we expanded the programme across our product catalog – and the globe – by including all global sales of carpet tiles and LVT, and added nora rubber products in 2019. Since 2003, we have sold more than 379 million square meters of carbon-neutral flooring globally, and we have retired approximately 5.3 million metric tons of verified emission reduction credits – all while reducing the carbon footprint of our carpet tile products by over 74% since 1996.
 

Embodied carbon

Embodied carbon is the carbon footprint of a material – the sum of all the carbon dioxide resulting from the mining, harvesting, processing, manufacturing, transportation and installation of building materials. It can be measured from "cradle to gate" or "cradle to site." Reducing embodied carbon is the most critical component of the carbon life cycle at Interface, as it’s the part that we can control as we construct our flooring products.

Since 1996, we’ve reduced the embodied carbon footprint of our carpet tile product by 74% by changing how we design and make our products through the use of recycled materials, dematerialisation and improved manufacturing efficiencies. Then, through our Carbon Neutral Floors programme, compensating for what we still can't avoid with carbon offsets from renewable energy, fuel switching and reforestation projects.

Global warming impacts everyone.

Interface’s Carbon Neutral Floors programme helps lower your carbon footprint with one positive step.

When you specify flooring products from Interface, you’re selecting carpet tile, LVT and nora rubber that is carbon neutral across its full product life cycle. To compensate for the full life cycle carbon emissions that we are unable to eliminate, we purchase carbon offsets.

The carbon offset projects we purchase are validated and verified according to internationally known standards and are retired on third-party registries. This assures that the carbon credits we use are real (have happened), additional (beyond business-as-usual activities), measurable and permanent.

Types of projects we support with our carbon offsets:

Asia-Pacific
Renewable energy projects from solar and wind power to reduce the amount of carbon emissions entering the atmosphere, as well as forest projects for reestablishments of native forest, conservation, and the protection of biodiversity.

Africa
Forest protection from deforestation and degradation, alongside community fuel switching and water purification projects tackling carbon emissions while promoting human health and community empowerment.

Americas
Reforestation projects to keep carbon stored and sequestered in the soil and plants.

  • Our support in protecting native pine and bottomland hardwood forests not only prevents the release of tonnes of sequestered carbon, but also helps maintain habitats adjacent to a national wildlife refuge.  Photo: Nicole Melancon
  • In a number of countries, we are supporting fuel switching and water purification projects. Tackling carbon emissions alongside human health and community empowerment.  Photo: Natural Capital Partners
  • We support the growth of renewable energy solutions in developing countries (including solar, wind and hydro technology) to ensure we can help reduce the amount of carbon emissions entering the atmosphere.  Photo: South Pole

We’re just getting started

Our work doesn’t end here. Carbon Neutral Floors represents a bold step toward Climate Take Back™ — our commitment to running our business in a way that reverses global warming – while encouraging others to do the same.