Ensuring second-hand carpets enjoy a new lease of life

Interface, a designer and maker of carpet tile, shows its commitment to the circular office through its ReEntry scheme, in which old products enjoy a second life in places that need it.

A bin with three arrows in a loop on the front denoting recycling, filled with empty plastic and glass bottles.

What happens to used materials when space is refurbished?Something of value could be getting thrown away to landfill.

So how to avoid it?

The waste hierarchy provides a set of principles to decide what waste strategy is best. The hierarchy promotes efforts in avoiding sending waste to landfill. When it comes to making a difference, sometimes business as usual reigns. It can be hard to get buy in from the necessary people to make decisions that make a difference. 

READ MORE About Business in the Community’s Circular Office campaign and its Environment agenda.

Business in the Community’s Circular Office campaign is contributing to increasing public awareness of the need for a circular office and the social environmental benefits associated with achieving this.

Small changes in your sphere of influence could be the best way to start

Organisations taking part in a refurbishment project can demand and specify that brands do the right thing. Demand reuse as end-of-life specifications and ask for evidence of the results.

Furniture, flooring, ceiling and IT suppliers are upping their game and can meet your demand. In order for us all to take the necessary steps to achieving a climate fit for life, it is important that reuse is always the preferred option and diverting waste from landfill to energy should always be considered.

Talking flooring

Rejecting the notion of a linear, take-make-waste economy, Interface create flooring products from recycled materials and offers to close the loop by taking its customers’ flooring products back at the end of their use. Through this process of ReEntry, Interface’s products enjoy a second life in places that really need it.

Backing materials gain new life within its products or are used to recover energy as a last resort.

How does Interface make it happen?

Across the UK the company works with social enterprises and ReUse partners, which specialise in rehoming used carpets. It works mostly with charities, community groups and housing associations, making sure the flooring benefits those who really need it. Plus, it employs and trains people in their communities – so finding a second home for used carpet can make a difference in multiple ways.

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