Like many girls her age, my daughter loves Disney princesses; however, this eco-mom does not. Besides the lack of multiculturalism and the message of young women depending upon princes to rescue them, it is the “junk toy” quality of Disney products that keeps them out of our home. When my daughter saw that FLOR made modular carpet tiles from recycled content with Disney princesses on them, she thought her letter to Disney had worked and convinced the company to go green. Who am I to burst her bubble and tell her that FLOR Carpet Tiles are actually made by InterfaceFLOR.
InterfaceFLOR has created Mission Zero, a company pledge “to completely eliminate the negative impact our company may have on the environment by 2020.” The company further explains its commitment to sustainability:
- Our intention is to put back more than we take out
- Our intention is to eliminate waste and harmful emissions, whilst maximising our use of renewable energy
- We aim to recycle waste materials and reuse our products
- Our company culture fully integrates the principles of sustainability
In fact, the company has an entire website dedicated to sustainability. I have to say I am impressed! Although 2020 seems like it is far off, perhaps it is a realistic goal. InterfaceFLOR has been working towards its sustainability goals since its inception.
In the last 12 years, we have reduced manufacturing waste sent to landfills by 63% and our absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 56% worldwide.
FLOR carpet tiles are constructed of nylon, hemp, and wool. The carpet backings are made of recycled materials (currently 40%-80%). Furthermore, FLOR has a program called R-R (Return-Recycle):
FLOR has an R&R™ program (Return-Recycle) that allows customers to share the responsibility of living green with FLOR. If you’re ready to get rid of existing FLOR to make room for new FLOR in your home, contact us. We’ll arrange for your used carpet tiles to be picked up and shipped back to our mill, where the old tiles will be recycled into new product.
FLOR tiles are easy to install. You can make an area rug with the carpet tiles or cover a room wall-to-wall. FLOR Dots, round stickers, are used to attach the back side of the tiles together. Also, the tiles are easy to cut with a sharp utility knife or carpet knife (recommended). The carpet tiles have a short pile, making them easy to clean. FLOR tiles come in many colors and patterns, so they are perfect for any room in your house.
My only advice to InterfaceFLOR is to promote it’s R-R program and sustainability goals more predominately on its packaging. I have seen FLOR carpet tiles in major retailers before, but for this eco-shopper, I have walked right by them not knowing what a great company is behind the product. Educating shoppers is important, as we try to make eco-decisions when we consume.