Interface: ensuring second hand carpets enjoy a new lease of life in places that need it

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

Do you know what happens with your used materials when you refurbish your space? You could be throwing away more than you think. No one in the interior and construction industry wants to contribute to landfill.

So how do we avoid it?
The waste hierarchy provides a clear set of principles in order 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. 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 are the best way to start
If you are taking part in a refurbishment project you 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.

Let’s talk 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, who 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.

What difference has Interface made so far?
In 2016 and 2017 Interface prevented more than 2 million square metres of carpets going into landfill globally. 

Find out more about Interface and its circular office services here

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