Eco-sustainability and nature are important sources of inspiration for Interface, a leading company in modular flooring. in the video interview Anne Salditt, Marketing Director Central Europe, explained the approaches are mainly two.
Other companies have implemented sustainable projects that generates new products, for example Pet Felt and Smart Ocean exhibited at Orgatec.
Interface, for decades engaged in eco-sustainable projects, continues this path with the new ambitious Carbon Neutral Floors program for the new collections inspired by biophilia. At Orgatec Interface has shown the unusual combinations of different collections, including the most recent Drawn Lines and Visual Code.
Interface records in terms of sustainability are noteworthy: in factories in Europe it has reduced CO2 emissions by 98% and since 1996 and does not use water in the production process. The modular textile floor significantly reduces waste and the TacTiles system, allows the installation of the product without having to use traditional adhesives.
Since 1994, the Mission Zero program has been applied and since 2018 the Carbon Neutral Floors certification for the entire product life cycle has been added, too.
Other “Hearth Friendly” products at Orgatec 2018:
From bottle to Chair: Pet Felt by De Vorm.
Pet Felt, the privacy armchair presented at Orgatec by the Dutch company De Vorm, is made from recycled PET bottles which are turned into a strong and durable “synthetic felt” with a sound-absorbing acoustic performance. It is both recycled as well as recyclable itself.
From Canal Plastic to the table: Plastic Whale Table by Vepa.
Following the awarded Felt Chair, the Dutch producer Vepa presented Plastic Whale Circular Furniture: the boardroom tables placed at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.
One boardroom table consists of more than 1000 recycled PET bottles.
They are processed into felt and foam so that they can be reused. Vape also use their own steel waste in the furniture. Residual material is collected, pressed into large blocks and melted into a cast iron base for the chair. Circularity at its finest!
From the Ocean to the Office: Smart Ocean chair by Humanscale and Bureo.
The problem of ocean plastic pollution inspired From the Ocean to the Office the partnership project between Humanscale and Bureo started in 2016
Bureo founded Chile’s first fishing net collection and recycling program, Net Positiva. Nets are cleaned, mechanically shredded and pelletized to produce ‘NetPlus’ material.
These pellets are used to manufacture quality products such as skateboards, sunglasses and now — for the first time ever — an ergonomic task chair: Smart Ocean by Humanscale exhibited at Orgatec.