Interface: Ultra-Green Flooring Company

by Chris Moline, LEED AP

… and we represent them to the Northern Virginia/DC/Maryland area!
Stay tuned for additions to this post. I just had to put it here after watching the Weather Channel’s eco-focused show this weekend featuring the CEO of Interface.

They, along with Milliken, are far ahead of the curve in the flooring industry when it comes to running their businesses by the “green” book. In fact, their headquarters is certified Platinum by the US Green Building Council under the LEED certification system.
Here is a brief look at their take on green business:

Seven Fronts
Eliminate Waste: Eliminating all forms of waste in every area of business;

Benign Emissions: Eliminating toxic substances from products, vehicles and facilities;

Renewable Energy: Operating facilities with renewable energy sources – solar, wind, landfill gas, biomass and low impact hydroelectric;

Closing the Loop: Redesigning processes and products to close the technical loop using recovered and bio-based materials;

Resource-Efficient Transportation: Transporting people and products efficiently to reduce waste and emissions;

Sensitizing Stakeholders: Creating a culture that integrates sustainability principles and improves people’s lives and livelihoods;

Redesign Commerce: Creating a new business model that demonstrates and supports the value of sustainability-based commerce;
We’ve created this ourselves, and it hasn’t been easy. Sustainability is complex. It involves the thousands of ways our company connects to society and the natural world.

Our largest and most difficult problem to overcome has been the existing laws and regulations governing commerce. The current infrastructure subsidizes unsustainable industrial processes. To make significant progress, we will need the cooperation of government and other industrial partners to shift taxation away from economic and social benefits, (labor, income and investment) to detriments, (pollution, waste, and the loss of primary resources).
In fact, check out Interface’s “Mission Zero” concept:

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THAT’S what I’d call a worthy ambission.

Not ashamed to be a tree-hugger!
Not ashamed to be a tree-hugger!

Chris

Christopher Moline, LEED AP
Residential Group Manager
Commercial Carpets of America
Alexandria Carpet One Floor & Home
Email
703-370-0000

2 responses to “Interface: Ultra-Green Flooring Company

  1. Green is the new cool look

  2. I agree and earth will thank us in the long run for finally starting to help it live longer

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