Interface, Inc. has outlined some of its recent sustainability efforts. These include advancements in recycling and diverting used products from landfills, cumulative reductions in green house gas emissions, committing to greater transparency in the form of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), and educating employees and other stakeholders about the benefits of sustainability.
“[Sustainability] is woven into nearly every aspect of our business, proven out economically over the long-term and changed how we think, operate, communicate and interact. Over the past 12 months, we have made remarkable strides in several areas that all directly tie into our sustainability journey and progress,” said Dan Hendrix, Interface president/ceo.
The company's accomplishments over the past year include: 40 percent of raw materials from recycled or bio-based sources; ReEntry 2.0 diverted 28 million pounds of carpet from landfills in 2010; a cumulative reduction of 24,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions; and commitment to EPDs on all InterfaceFLOR and Bentley Prince Street products by 2012.
Additionally, through a project called "Together We Can Reuse It," Interface employees in Thailand demonstrated waste recycling by turning waste yarn into knitted dolls. Employees made and sold dolls, generating proceeds that were then donated to a non-profit foundation. Interface expanded the project beyond the company to benefit the local community in Thailand’s Surin province by teaching the craft to community members, providing them with a new potential source of income.
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