InterfaceFLOR has unveiled Biosfera I; Bouclé, Velour and Micro, the first carpet tile collection to include 100% recycled yarn.
“Years ago we were told it was impossible to recycle nylon yarn, an oil-rich material that is integral to our carpet tiles, but a hurdle in our mission for sustainability,” said Nigel Stansfield, senior VP, product and innovation, InterfaceFLOR EMEAI.
“However, we have dispelled this myth by encouraging our suppliers to push the boundaries of innovation and help us to develop materials, processes and products that cause lower environmental impacts.
“Biosfera I is one of the results of this collaboration and has unprecedented environmental qualities throughout its entire lifecycle – from the sourcing of materials, through to production, installation and disposal.”
Since 2000, InterfaceFLOR has used lifecycle assessment (LCA) to assess the environmental footprint of its products and address ways to reduce and eliminate these impacts. The processing of virgin, oil-rich yarn is responsible for around 50% of a carpet tile’s total environmental footprint.
Currently, 40% of InterfaceFLOR’s total raw materials used globally are either recycled or biobased, up from just 0.5% in 1996.
The recycled yarn in Biosfera I consists of 30% post consumer recycled raw materials from a variety of sources; these include reclaimed commercial fishing nets that have reached the end of their useful life and end of life yarn and backing material from InterfaceFLOR’s own products.
The company reclaims the carpet tiles and reprocesses the yarn and backing through ReEntry 2.0, a carpet tile recycling system.
Biosfera I is available in co-ordinating, neutral colours which complement furniture and fixings and have an ‘architectural look’ suitable for commercial environments.