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heuga and sustainability

For many people sustainability translates into 'environmentally friendly' but it is much broader than this. It represents much more than reducing waste, protecting wildlife species and recycling, Sustainability is a process and we consider the impact of every decision we make at all levels in the company to ensure that we are continually moving closer to our goal.

The Seven Fronts of Sustainability

1. Eliminate waste in all forms
We define waste as any cost that does not produce value to our customers.

2. Benign emissions
Eliminating toxic substances from carpet tile products, vehicles and facilities, beyond what we have to do!

3. Renewable energy resources
Operating facilities that use only electricity generated from 100% renewable energy resources - solar, wind, landfill gas, biomass, geothermal, tidal and low impact/small scale hydroelectric or non-petroleum based hydrogen.

4. Closing the Loop
We are continually redesigning processes and products efficiently in order to reduce waste and emissions. Many of our carpet tiles products are manufactured using recycled content and innovative technologies are constantly being explored.

5. Resource efficient transportation
Transporting people and products efficiently to reduce waste and emissions.

6. Sensitising stakeholders
Creating a culture that integrates sustainability principles and improves people’s lives and livelihoods. We continuously sponsor educational events to educate our customers, communities and business partners on implementing responsible, sustainable practices.

7. Redesign commerce
Creating a new business model that demonstrates and supports the value of sustainability-based commerce.

What have we done so far?

We know that promises aren't enough; it's tangible results that count. So here's a brief summary of some of the things we've achieved over the last 16 years.

  • All our European carpet tile manufacturing facilities run on electricity
    generated from 100% renewable energy resources, including solar power, wind power, tidal and hydroelectric power.
  • 88% reduction in waste sent to landfill since 1996 per unit of production
  • Water intake per unit of production is down 81% since 1996 production.
  • Total energy use down by 39% since 1996 per unit of production.
  • Non-renewable energy is down by 64% since 1996 per unit of production.
  • Actual reduction of Interface GHG emissions by 41% from baseline 1996
  • 36% of global energy is from renewable sources
  • 49% of total raw materials are recycled or bio-based materials
  • Cumulative avoided waste costs totalling $438 million since 1995
  • 99.8% of the products sold in Europe were manufactured in Europe

Achievements of this kind are only possible when the whole company believes in its mission and when a visionary who believes passionately in the journey to sustainability leads it.

Social Responsibility

classPart of our sustainability vision is our commitment to society and we recognise that as a company it is our duty to put something back into local communities around the world.
Employees are encouraged to get involved in charitable projects and the company offers support to a wide range of charitable organisations.

On a Global Level

As a company, we raised $78,000 towards the Tsunami fund following the devastating events of 2005. Donations were split between the following four organisations: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Save the Children, UNICEF and Habitat for Humanity. In addition to the monetary donations, our business division in Thailand developed a programme for donating second quality carpet tiles to charitable organisations involved in the rebuilding programme following the disaster.

On a Community Level

Interface supported a volunteer programme in Ghana, West Africa providing kit and equipment for a school sports coaching scheme. The volunteers involved also worked on an AIDS education programme alongside the sports coaching, in schools in the Accra area.

Don't just take our word for it...

The 2012 Globescan unprompted survey of 3000 independent sustainability experts around the world put Interface at number one, ahead of big companies such as Unilever, Toyota and The Body Shop.

Although that makes us feel good, we still have a long way to go until we reach Mission Zero.