New sustainability milestone in flooring

by Ofentse Sefolo
New sustainability milestone in flooring

Imagine a carpet tile backing that can help achieve sustainability goals. This is now a reality thanks to the development of a new carpet tile backing with the lowest carbon footprint ever.

Leading sustainability
Interface, one of the world’s largest modular flooring producers and leader in sustainable flooring, now manufactures CQuest™Bio backing for Interface carpet tiles which are produced in Scherpenzeel in the Netherlands, with distribution and installation in South Africa by KBAC Flooring.

Ton van Kerken, Senior Vice President of the Interface Supply Chain says, “The process to create the backing began by adding new non-bitumen, bio-based materials and more recycled fillers to the carpet tile production, delivering new material content that is net carbon negative and reduces the total product’s carbon footprint.”

Journey to become carbon neutral
“The Carbon Neutral Floors programme forms part of Interface’s Climate Take Back initiative which is committed to production that reverses global warming. We’ve invested in product innovation and improved manufacturing processes to lower the carbon footprint of our products, introduced modified design and the use of recycled materials, de-materialisation and improved manufacturing efficiencies at every stage of the lifecycle,” Van Kerken added.

In 2003, Interface started offering carbon neutral flooring by offsetting the full lifecycle of greenhouse gas emissions for carpet tiles and in 2018, expanded the Carbon Neutral Floors eco-programme by including luxury vinyl tile production.

More than 379 million square metres of carbon neutral flooring have been sold globally by Interface and over 5.3 million metric tons of third party-verified emissions reduced.

This revolutionary backing is another important step towards helping customers achieve their own sustainability goals. Interface is already planning a more advanced backing – with even more carbon-negative materials – for 2021 as they work towards becoming a carbon negative enterprise by 2040.

For more information, contact KBAC:
Tel: +27 (11) 608 4270 or +27 (21) 462 3446
Email: infojhb@kbacflooring.co.za and infocpt@kbacflooring.co.za
Website: www.kbacflooring.co.za

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