Sustainability Enthusiast

29 November, 2018

Taking Global Action for Climate Change

Corporations around the world are taking dramatic actions to impact our climate. More ambitious than ever, the focus goes way beyond reducing our carbon footprint, pushing for net zero emissions and even becoming carbon negative. States and regions, cities, businesses and investors are leading the charge on pushing down global emissions by 2020, setting the…

26 November, 2018

A New Global Headquarters Designed For…Customers

We recently kicked off a series of articles on the construction of Interface’s new global headquarters, focusing on the overall design and unique elements of the building. More than just a place to work, the new headquarters conveys where we’ve been, where we are today and where we want to go next as a company. Every element in the development of the space was carefully planned with specific users, function, design and sustainability initiatives in mind. In this post, we’re focusing on a very important audience: our customers.

12 November, 2018

Working Toward Sustainable Manufacturing with Manufacture 2030

When you’re on a mission to reverse global warming, collaboration is critical. Sometimes collaboration can seem like a buzzword and less of a business strategy. How do we choose the right opportunities and the right partners to collaborate for maximum impact? Often, the most impactful collaborations occur with partners outside of our industry. And the benefit…

17 August, 2018

Factory as a Forest: Reimagining Facilities as Ecosystems

Interface has a history of looking to nature for inspiration. When the company first embraced sustainability in 1994, one of the first questions we asked was “If nature designed a company, how would it function?” This early thinking helped us create a framework to redesign our business to become one that had no negative impacts…

25 June, 2018

Biophilic Design in Urban Architecture: The Oasia Hotel in Singapore

The Oasia Hotel Downtown, designed by Woha, a Singapore-based architectural firm, is one of the most stunning skyscrapers in Asia. There is, first, the signal-red mesh envelope, a splash of color unlike anything in its neighborhood, and then the surreptitious patches of green that seem to slowly envelop the building. Planted façades are not new…

15 May, 2018

Paramit Factory: A Case Study in Industrial Biophilic Design

The Paramit Factory by Design Unit Sdn. Bhd., Malaysia, challenges the industrial typology that is too often mired in questions of functionality and cost. John Bulcock, the principal architect, is best known for tropical houses, noteworthy for unfinished concrete walls and playful inventiveness with climate. Daylight, greenery and vistas were key considerations from the start.…

11 May, 2018

A Look Inside The Design Industry’s Most Sustainable Company

In 5 minutes with Jay Gould, CEO of Interface, we learn everything from how companies should look at sustainability as a design problem to what having zero negative impact really means. More than two decades ago – before, that is, watchwords like ‘sustainability’ and ‘biosphere’ garnered attention – Interface declared a rather bold move. Seeking…