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Transparency

We are committed to keeping our progress toward Mission Zero™ transparent. Transparency is a way we can share our knowledge and experience – providing a model for other businesses on their sustainability journeys. In this way, we hope to achieve the bigger goal we’ve set for ourselves: to become a restorative company by the power of our influence. It is through the collective impact of thousands of companies on sustainable journeys that Interface® can go beyond being a green company to being a catalyst for change.

 

Sharing Our Progress

We share our progress on our environmental footprint reduction and social impacts throughout the Sustainability section of this website, and in particular, through our metrics, EcoMetrics and SocioMetrics. We are one of the first companies to release a sustainability report with our 1997 Interface Sustainability Report, and, in 2010, we released an interactive Mission Zero Milestones report on our progress through 2009. In celebration of 20 years on our sustainability journey, in 2014, we created an INFOGRAPHIC that shares highlights of our progress through 2013.

 

Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)

With the mix of green product claims in the marketplace today, it is increasingly important to be transparent about product, which is why we have adopted Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) as a communication tool.

EPDs are based on life cycle assessment and are like the ingredient and nutrition labels on food – instead of calories and percent of recommended daily allowances, an EPD shows the ingredients of products and the associated environmental impacts. Interface companies are the first carpet manufacturers in North America, and the first carpet tile manufacturers in Europe, to use EPDs.

We have expanded our commitment to EPDs by obtaining third-party validated EPDs on all Interface products.

Interface Americas, Interface Asia and FLOR have had their EPDs verified and certified by UL Environment (ULE) in accordance with ISO 14025.
Interface Europe has had its EPDs verified by the Institute for the Built Environment (IBU), also in accordance with ISO 14025.

Download Interface EPDs here:

 

Verification and Certification

If we are to create a model for sustainability, our progress and results must have integrity. Third party verification and certification of the claims we make is critical. Interface supports consensus-based, multi-stakeholder developed, non-proprietary standards and participates in these types of processes whenever possible.

ISO Standards
ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world's largest developer of standards, including ISO 14001, the international standard for environmental management systems, and ISO 9001, the international standard for quality management systems.

All Interface facilities have been confirmed to conform to both ISO 14001 and ISO 9001.

CRI Green Label
The CRI Indoor Air Quality Green Label program is the industry's most widely recognized test protocol for evaluating total volatile organic compound (TVOC) emissions for carpet, carpet padding, and adhesives.

All products manufactured by Interface meet or exceed the requirements of the CRI Green Label test protocol for carpet.

Sustainable Carpet Assessment Standard
NSF 140-2007, the Sustainability Assessment for Carpet, is a certification system that establishes performance requirements for economic, environmental and social impacts throughout the supply chain. It is the only carpet sustainability standard in North America that evaluates the environmental impacts of carpet over the entire life cycle of the product.

Interface certified products:

  • NSF/ANSI 140 Platinum
         – All Interface products in North America and China with GlasBac®RE backing
  • NSF/ANSI 140 Gold
         – All Interface products in North America and China with GlasBac, CushionBac or NexStep® backing
         – All Interface products in Thailand with GlasBac®RE backing
     
  • NSF/ANSI 140 Silver
         – All Interface products in Thailand with GlasBac backing


Please refer to our Product sites for information on regionally relevant standards and certifications.