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Interface is now a third-party certified Carbon Neutral Enterprise.

Why Does Carbon Matter?

The science of sustainability can seem complicated. But one fact is plain: the planet is warming at an alarming rate. Reducing humanity’s carbon footprint is the most essential step we can take to live within the means of our planet.

Embodied Versus Operational Carbon

Embodied Carbon is the carbon footprint of the product from raw material creation, growth and extraction through processing until it is packaged and ready to be shipped from the factory. Operational Carbon means the carbon footprint of everything that happens after it leaves Interface, including shipment, customer use and end of life.

Reducing our Carbon Footprint

Reducing embodied carbon is the most urgent challenge of all. Since 1994, we’ve been leading our industry in reducing the carbon footprint of our products to become the lowest in the industry through their full life cycle.

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Carbon Neutral

As part of our Carbon Neutral Floors™ program, all the flooring products we sell are carbon neutral across their full life cycle. We follow the globally recognized GHG Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard and have our program audited annually by an independent third party.
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Beyond Carbon Neutral to Carbon Negative

In 2021, we launched our first carbon negative carpet tile, the most environmentally friendly product we have ever made. Though the embodied carbon for these new products is net negative (cradle-to-gate), the total life cycle still has a carbon footprint due to operational carbon. To keep the entire life cycle of our products carbon neutral, we offset our operational carbon through the Carbon Neutral Floors program.

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Company Goals

We’ve achieved our Mission Zero™ commitment. Now we’re raising the bar to set even bolder goals. Our goal is to halve our company carbon emissions by 2030 and become a carbon negative enterprise by 2040.

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Taking Action: Setting a Science Based Target

The world is transitioning to a zero-carbon economy and businesses must act urgently to reimagine their businesses in a zero-carbon world. Interface has committed to reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions 50% by 2030 from a 2019 base year, to reduce absolute scope 3 emissions from purchased goods and services 50% and to reduce Scope 3 emissions from business travel and employee commuting 30% within the same timeframe.
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The Most Sustainable Flooring We Have Ever Made

Influenced by the integrity of the natural world around us, the Embodied Beauty™ collection shows that great design doesn't have to compromise on the pursuit of sustainability.  Three products in the collection are carbon negative (cradle to gate) marked with [-CO2]. All products within the Embodied Beauty collection are carbon neutral across their full product life cycle.

How You Can Design with Carbon in Mind

We hope that the approach we have taken has given you food for thought, but we cannot reverse global warming alone. We need your help. There are a number of steps you can take to design with carbon and the climate in mind.

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Designers & Architects

  • Reuse existing products and materials 
  • Once decided it’s needed - what is the carbon footprint of it and are there lower footprint options available?
  • Optimize choices: Do we need it? Do we need as much of it? 
  • Specify for carbon reduction

Contractors

Don’t be afraid to speak up and educate design firms and owners as early as possible on the impact of embodied carbon

  • Consider carbon footprint alongside cost 
  • Smart procurement – suggest options that save emissions and don’t sacrifice performance or cost 
  • Engage in policy discussions and opportunities 
  • Inform, educate, and encourage

Manufacturers

Obtain and utilize Life Cycle Assessments

  • Target highest carbon impacts for footprint reductions 
  • Source renewable energy for manufacturing process, same for supply chain 
  • Commit to recycle carbon intensive materials 
  • Work with product development teams to ensure carbon footprint is a consideration for development process
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Collaborating with our Partners

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materialsCAN

A diverse collaborative dedicated to reducing the embodied carbon footprint of our built environment
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EC3

Enables users to assess the embodied carbon of their building or project’s supply chain
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