Interface Announces Mission Zero Success, Commits to Climate Take Back and Provides Roadmap Based on 25 Years of Sustainability Leadership and Innovation
Interface 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 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. It also provides a path to the future for the company’s next moonshot , 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
“Mission Zero is the embodiment of Ray’s vision for Interface and for the world,” said Interface CEO Jay Gould. “Ray’s dream incited a movement—toward sustainable business and thoughtful consumption. His legacy lives on through the fulfilment of Mission Zero and the work Interface and others are doing every day to endeavour to create a carbon negative future.”
Creating a Ripple Effect
Along this journey to zero, Interface has done much more than reduce its own environmental footprint. Through sharing its progress and mentoring others, Interface has influenced countless others around the world to create change within their communities and their businesses. Interface created the conditions needed to exceed its Mission Zero goals in two areas: its supply chain and through a landfill gas project. The impact of these two projects alone created a handprint of 1,000,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) during the years they were active.
Proud of the progress made thus far with its moonshot goal Mission Zero, the company 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.”
*Interface 25th Anniversary Sustainability Report