Glossary

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Beautiful Thinking – We talk about Beautiful Thinking – and about the environment, sustainability and nature-inspired design – in the context of creating products that are good for people and the planet. In the last two decades, evidence has shown that nature-inspired design is both beautiful and beneficial, and people in spaces like this are more engaged, more collaborative and more creative

Biobased –from natural renewable materials, as opposed to virgin and limited petrochemical materials. By 2020, our goal is to source our raw materials solely from biobased or recycled materials. In 2012, we introduced the first carpet tile made with a biobased nylon and we plan to extend this offering

Biophilia – The innate attraction humans share with nature and natural processes

Biophilic design – The process of creating spaces with nature-inspired elements in line with the concept of biophilia – biophilic design is a key element of wellbeing in the workplace

Climate Take Back – As the successor to Mission Zero; it goes beyond eliminating any negative impact Interface may have on the environment and instead encourages restorative working

Concept design – This service, provided by Interface, offers customers advice on their flooring design options. Interface’s concept design team consider customers’ design wishes (such as colour, pattern and trend), space and allocated budget to bring concepts to life

Cool Carpet – A third-party verified programme to offset the greenhouse gas emissions that occur throughout the whole lifecycle of Interface products. We do all we can to avoid and reduce greenhouse gas emissions during the entire life cycle of our products, and Cool Carpet is standard on our most environmental carpet tiles and is optional on the rest

Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) – Provides information on product ingredients and environmental impacts, including raw material extraction, energy use, air, soil, water emissions and water use and waste generation. EPDs are third party verified

Human Spaces – A platform about biophilic design and wellbeing in the workplace, which includes two reports to show that those working in environments designed with natural elements are more productive, with enhanced wellbeing

Intercell – A modular, space-saving, low–profile under floor management system which ensures that cabling from computers, printers and other electronic equipment are hidden from view

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) – A tool used to evaluate the environmental impacts associated with a product or process throughout its life cycle

Microtuft – A carpet tile construction which uses up to 50 per cent less yarn than conventional carpet manufacturing methods, invented by Interface in 2001

Mission Zero – Interface’s commitment to be fully sustainable, with zero negative impact on the environment, by the year 2020

Negative to Positive – the 2016 transition campaign from Mission Zero to Climate Take Back to highlight Interface’s restorative ways of working, for example something negative, like plastic ocean waste, into something positive such as sustainably sourced yarn for use in carpet tiles

NetEffect – A carpet tile collection inspired by the ocean. The range demonstrates that beautiful design can have more than just an aesthetic impact – it can also make a proactive, positive contribution to the environment

Net-Works – A partnership with Zoological Society London (ZSL) and Aquafil designed to tackle the growing problem of discarded fishing nets in some of the world’s poorest coastal communities

Plastic Whale – Interface has partnered with the Plastic Whale Foundation, an organisation dedicated to eliminating plastic waste from global waters, to raise awareness of the dangers of river and ocean pollution. Interface has designed and built a boat made from the plastic bottles already fished from the canals in Amsterdam, and uses it to fish more waste out of the local water systems

Positive Spaces – the new campaign for 2017 – Positive spaces are environments that create an impact as a result of the attributes of the space and the people who use it. Whether that environment is a small reading nook or a sweeping botanical garden, these spaces give people permission to work as they see fit. And in doing so, people reach their potential, cascading greater good to others and our planet.

PVB – The world’s first recycled pre-coat obtained from laminated glass, mostly derived from car windscreens, for use in modular flooring. PVB is available across all of Interface’s Microtuft products

ReEntry® – A take-back programme created by Interface to offer three alternative uses for end of life products – reuse, recycling and waste to energy. The alternative uses depend on certain specifications including the volume of carpet available, the age and condition of the carpet, the location etc. ReEntry is available in selected EMEA countries

TacTiles® – Glue-free, sustainable and VOC-free way to install Interface carpet tiles, contributing to good levels of indoor air quality