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Interface Announces Mission Zero Success, Commits to Climate Take Back
Interface today announces Mission Zero® success ahead of its original 2020 target. Over the past 25 years, the company drove significant improvements across all key sustainability metrics internally and throughout its supply chain to help meet its objectives. And, Interface galvanized others along the way to implement more sustainable business practices. This created a positive ripple effect that helped the company not only achieve but also extend Mission Zero far beyond its original intentions.
Interface’s direction and influence has helped countless others reduce their environmental footprint and work toward net zero impact within their own organizations. Based on 25 years of effort and commitment in pursuit of sustainability, the commercial flooring company provides a roadmap for other companies to follow in its “Lessons for the Future” report released today. It also provides a path to the future for the company’s next stretch target, Climate Take Back™.
Mission Zero Progress
Interface created aggressive sustainability targets after Founder Ray Anderson’s famous “spear in the chest moment” in 1994. Working swiftly to develop a plan to reduce the company’s impact on the environment, Interface focused on reducing impact in three key areas of the business: its factories, products and suppliers. The company has made remarkable progress in these areas over the last 25 years, greatly reducing its footprint in nearly every capacity, including:
- 69% reduction in carbon footprint of Interface carpet tile products
- 96% reduction in Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions globally
- 89% renewable energy use across its factories globally, with 100% renewable electricity
- 99% renewable energy use in U.S. and European manufacturing sites
- 46% reduction in energy use per unit of production to make products globally
- 89% water use reduction per unit of production in factories globally
- 92% reduction of waste to landfill across global business
*Note: All numbers are through 2018 and applicable to the production of Interface carpet tiles only
Proud of the progress made thus far with its moonshot goal Mission Zero, the company (interface flor) set its sights even higher with Climate Take Back in 2016, which aims to create a movement to reverse global warming. The company is working ardently to develop processes and products that create a positive impact on the world, and in 2018, set out to become a carbon negative company by 2040.
“We look forward to creating more positive impacts through our product portfolio,” said Gould. “We are excited to show that it is possible to create a product that is actually beneficial to the environment. If we can do it, anyone can do it. And if anyone can do it, everyone should.”
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And this is how they did it…