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ProofPositive Tile: Creating a climate fit for life

The new Interface Proof Positive carpet tile prototype stores 2kg CO2 per square metre, compared to an average Interface carpet tile, which emits 7kg of CO2 per sq metre

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Country: 
Netherlands
City: 
Scherpenzeel

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Project elaborated in partnership: 
Yes
Submitted by: 
Interface Europe
Start/End date: 
05/2017
Ongoing: 
Yes

Type of funding:

Interface Europe

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The tile's materials can be recycled to create new carpet tiles at the end of the product’s useful life. Keeping this carbon in Interface’s recycling system through ReEntry®ensures that this carbon stays in a closed technical loop where it belongs, rather than in the atmosphere where it has negative effects on climate.

Interface’s Proof Positive prototype tile has a negative carbon footprint, which the company achieved directly through design and manufacturing, without purchasing carbon offsets. Since 1996, Interface has reduced its cradle-to-gate product carbon emissions from an average of 20.0 kilograms of carbon per square meter to just over 7 kilograms per square meter in 2016. Though only a prototype at this stage, at less than -2 kilograms of carbon per square meter, Interface’s concept tile proves that it is possible to store carbon in products rather than emit more carbon into the atmosphere in the process of making those products.

 

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  • Though only a prototype at this stage, at less than -2 kilograms of carbon per square meter, Interface’s concept tile proves that it is possible to store carbon in products rather than emit more carbon into the atmosphere in the process of making those products.
  • Should this approach to manufacturing products become mainstream over time, at volume and full scale, it could become a critical solution to reversing global warming over the long term.
  • With the recent launch of CircuitBac Green – now commercially available - Interface is bringing carbon negative flooring one step closer.