Interface helps commercial customers put new face on floor coverings
Interface's carpet tiles easily can be moved and repositioned to cover any space and to even create different designs. (Below) Mikhail Davis speaks at Greenbuild 2015. Photo by ProudGreenBuilding.com
Interface modular carpet tiles are commonplace through various commercial buildings, from offices to hospitals to schools and universities.
The appeal for many customers is that the coverings aren’t glued to the floor, but instead are affixed to each other. That makes for easy replacement of the textured pieces.
What appeals to users is the product’s durability, the fact that they can be washed and that the tiles are made in such a way that they can be designed to create logos, patterns and other designs.
Mikhail Davis, director of restorative enterprise for Interface, touted the product at last month’s Greenbuild 2015 convention and expo.
Interface has focused its manufacturing and design processes on nature and the value of connecting with the environment. That approach has been put into the company’s modular carpet tiles to give customers a sense of being connected to the outdoors.
“Through the use of space that gives people the experience of being in nature, there are huge potential benefits to health and wellness – stress levels drop, mental awareness goes up, focus increases,” Davis said.
Through its organic designs and patterns, the company realizes the importance of developing a connection with nature, considering that 90 percent of our time is spent inside.
“If that disconnects us from nature, the environment is in trouble,” Davis said. “If people don’t have an experience with the true benefit and connection we have with nature, it’s going to be hard to convince people to care about that.”
Interface also has made it mark environmentally by being a company that capitalizes on sustainability, with 80 percent of its products being made with recycled materials. Not only does it reuse its old products, the company also helps other countries through efforts by which it pays those in poverty stricken countries for old fishing nets that are used to make new yarn for Interface tiles.
“Kids in those countries get to go to school, families at the poverty line get to eat more regularly,” Davis said.
Topics: Building Owners and Managers, Consulting - Green & Sustainable Strategies and Solutions, Energy Saving Products, Flooring, Great Commercial Buildings, Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), Interior Design, Interiors, Sustainable Communities