Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Interface reduces its footprint while growing business
Interface reduces its footprint while growing business
21
Apr '10
Through process improvements and energy efficiencies, Interface, Inc. has reduced the energy used to manufacture carpet by 43% since 1996, while greenhouse gas emissions are down 44% in absolute terms, or 94% when factoring in offsets. During the same time period, the company grew net sales by 27%. These energy Ecometrics were released as part of the company's yearlong look at progress to date and what it will take to get to Mission Zero, the Interface promise to eliminate any negative environmental footprint by 2020.

“Given the growing scarcity of natural resources and the near-certainty that the government will come forward with a cap and trade plan in the U.S., reducing energy use and carbon intensity will continue to be an area of focus for us,” said Dan Hendrix, CEO of Interface, Inc. “It just makes good business sense.”

Hendrix said that the carpet manufacturing business has changed in many ways since the company began its sustainability journey in 1996, and that sustainability has paved the way to innovation.

“Process innovation like the reduction of -- and in some cases the elimination of -- wet printing through pattern tufting led the way to product breakthroughs like the i2 collection from InterfaceFLOR, the company's best-selling product collection that was inspired by biomimicry but made possible through new tufting technology,” explained Hendrix. “On the manufacturing floor, small changes like optimizing line speed and insulating equipment to minimize heat loss have made a big cumulative impact.” Hundreds of other changes have

Allowed the company to reduce its reliance on non-renewable energy sources like propane and natural gas, while green electricity purchases, use of landfill gas and on-site photovoltaic arrays like the one at its Bentley Prince Street facility in Industry, Ca. have boosted the use of renewable energy sources. A full report on the Ecometrics can be found here.

Looking ahead to the next 10 years in the company's journey, Hendrix said that further reductions will likely come with collaboration from a growing audience of stakeholders. “The road ahead is more difficult and we'll not only need more innovative technologies; we also need collaboration from every direction – from suppliers, customers and the governments where we do business,” said Hendrix.

Hendrix wrapped up by noting that the company plans a Fall Sustainability Report that will recap progress to date and map out the 10-year road ahead. “We have 13 years of data to use in understanding our progress and evaluating where we need investment, where we need innovation, and where we'll be focusing people and resources as we look to 2020 and beyond.”

Last month, the company released current data on its materials strategy, including waste, reclamation and recycling numbers. For more detail on the progress Interface has made in reducing its footprint via energy and emissions efficiencies, visit the global website.

InterfaceFlor Commercial Inc


Must ReadView All

RIL petrochemicals’ revenue grows 47.6% in Q3 FY18

Textiles | On 20th Jan 2018

RIL petrochemicals’ revenue grows 47.6% in Q3 FY18

The revenue from the petrochemicals segment at Reliance Industries...

Courtesy: Cotton USA

Textiles | On 20th Jan 2018

US cotton bodies pledge to support CCI activities

Ten US cotton organisations have pledged industry contributions in...

Surat traders want extension of deadline for e-way bills

Textiles | On 20th Jan 2018

Surat traders want extension of deadline for e-way bills

Textile traders in Surat have sought extension of the online e-way...

Interviews View All

Sanjay Desai & Ashish Mulani
True Colors

Digital textile printing will be the technology of the future

Prabu Mohanram
Balavigna Weaving Mills Pvt Ltd

The biggest challenge that the weaving industry faces is high price

Vasanth Kumar
Max Fashion India

‘Traditional high-street retailers are now willing to offer franchisees to ...

Riddhi Jain

Conceived in Europe and curated in New Delhi, NeceSera is a...

Hardik Sanghvi

Idealin Fogging Systems has been engaged in designing and manufacturing...

Sandip Bhojani, Manthan Patel

Krypthm Tradelink LLP is a Surat-based manufacturer of westernwear....

Eamonn Tighe
Nature Works LLC

Eamonn Tighe, Fibres and Nonwovens - Business Development Manager of...

Lynda Kelly
Suominen Corporation

Suominen Corporation is a manufacturer of nonwovens as roll goods for...

Kai Poehler
Voith Paper GmbH & Co. KG

The glass mat industry is growing by five to eight per cent annually. Kai...

Amiben Shroff
Shrujan

From its modest beginning in the late 1960s, Shrujan has grown into a...

Bani Batra

Bani Batra’s couture wedding collection is inspired by traditional Indian...

Tony Ward
Tony Ward

"You have to truly understand what your client wants, know her needs, what ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

January 2018

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Planning to Take the Leap towards
Sustainability?

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes No

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you see sustainability as a route to business growth?

Yes
69.1%
No
13.4%
Skip
17.5%

Total Votes: 97

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think the sustainability space has the needed tools and resources available for a business to lead change?

Yes
63.9%
No
28.9%
Skip
7.2%

Total Votes: 97

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes No

Active Poll

Do you think adopting a sustainable approach will be a profitable move for your business?

Yes
87.6%
No
9.3%
Skip
3.1%

Total Votes: 97

Thanks for your valuable feedback. Claim your free latest sustainability e-book.

Active Poll

Do you want the world to know about your sustainability journey and your business’ environmental footprint?

Yes
82.5%
No
8.2%
Skip
9.3%

Total Votes: 97


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search