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InterfaceFLOR Pioneers Ground-Breaking Recycling Process for Carpets

InterfaceFLOR, a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of carpet tiles, has achieved a technical breakthrough in the European carpet industry, with the introduction of ReEntry 2.0. This latest innovation is the evolution of a process pioneered by Interface in the United States four years ago.  It enables significant and scalable like-for-like recycling of carpet tiles, representing an important step closer to closed-loop manufacturing in Europe.

ReEntry 2.0 uses a highly efficient technology that separates yarn and backing from used carpet tiles, so that they can be recycled into yarn and backing for new carpet tiles. The process ensures that each component of the carpet tile retains its material value, allowing it to be
re-used as new raw material for new products. This is especially important for recycling nylon yarn – the most carbon intensive part of carpet.

ReEntry 2.0 can process the most widely used carpet tiles in the European market today and is set to divert around 2,700 tonnes of oil-intensive material annually from disposal, equivalent to more than 600,000 m2 of carpet tiles. Life cycle assessment (LCA) shows that materials recycled through ReEntry 2.0 require four times less energy to process than equivalent virgin materials for carpets. This decreases to twenty times less energy for backing, when you take into account the use of 100% renewable electricity at InterfaceFLOR’s facility in Scherpenzeel, The Netherlands, where the process is based.

ReEntry 2.0 is the latest in a line of waste recycling initiatives from InterfaceFLOR, which reflect the company’s commitment to closing the loop in the manufacturing process. The company has offered a product take-back scheme since 1995, which helps customers to reduce their own impact on the environment. Since it began, the scheme has diverted more than 91,000 tonnes of carpet from disposal.

Ton van Keken, Senior Vice President of Operations, InterfaceFLOR EMEAI says, “For many years the carpet industry has struggled to develop recycling methods that are economically and technically viable. In Europe alone, it is estimated that nearly 30 million m2 of carpet tiles could be sent to landfill or incinerated in 2011. This is a waste of valuable resources and has an unacceptable impact on the environment. With capacity diminishing rapidly and landfill tax rising annually, it is clear that this option is both environmentally and financially unsustainable.

Re-Entry 2.0 is a significant step forward for InterfaceFLOR in Europe – and for our industry.  It moves like-for-like recycling to the next level, bringing us closer to our ambition to close the loop in manufacturing.”

InterfaceFLOR Wages War on Waste

With its Mission Zero pledge, InterfaceFLOR is committed to eliminating its global environmental impacts by 2020, including producing zero waste.  Since 1996, through numerous reduction and recycling initiatives, InterfaceFLOR has cut waste sent to landfill by more than 80% and saved over $433 million in avoided waste costs.

About InterfaceFLOR

InterfaceFLOR is the modular flooring division of US-based Interface Inc.  The company is a worldwide leader in the design and production of high-quality, innovative modular floor coverings.

Interface was one of the first companies to publicly commit to sustainability, when it made a pledge in the mid-nineties to eliminate its impact on the environment by 2020.

Known as Mission Zero, this goal influences every business, manufacturing and design decision made and underpins all dimensions of the company: people, process, product, place and profit.

Interface is now more than half way to reaching its Mission Zero goal and has been widely recognised for its achievements to date.  Its products have also received several awards, specifically for design and innovation.  Recent accolades include:

  • The Environment Agency Sustainable Pioneer Awards 2010, Best Private Sector Organisation Award
  • Green Apple Award, Environmental Best Practice in 2010
  • First Quintile in the ARENA Environmental Survey 2010
  • Business in the Community , National Example of Excellence 2010
  • Green Business Awards 2010 for Overall Environmental Management
  • Business in the Community Award for Excellence for Climate Change, 2010
  • Business in  the Community Big Tick for Climate Change, 2010
  • A consistent top three ranking in Globescan’s survey of sustainability experts
  • The Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development, both in 2002 and 2008
  • Sustainable Manufacturer of the Year, UK Green Building Council and Building Magazine, 2009
  • Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis (German Sustainability Award), 2009

For further information, visit www.interfaceflor.eu and www.interfaceglobal.com or contact:

(Source: Pressman PR)

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