Interface projects

Surfers Against Sewage

Project specifications

Location: United Kingdom
Installation m²: 230 m²

Products used

  • net-effect
“As a charity that fights to protect our oceans and seas, it is important that we work with partners in our supply chain that can deliver sustainable products and services, so we can work together towards one common goal. Interface is an incredibly progressive company when it comes to its environmental commitment, so it was an obvious choice for us.”
Hugo Tagholm - Chief Executive of Surfers against Sewage

Interface teams up with Surfers Against Sewage in fight to protect the seas

Global carpet tile manufacturer, Interface, has teamed up with environmental charity, Surfers Against Sewage (SAS), in a project that celebrates a mutual commitment to preserving our oceans.

Understanding the importance of sustainability within its supply chain, SAS required a sustainable flooring solution in its offices in St Agnes, Cornwall, and looked to Interface, as leaders in the manufacture of sustainable carpet tiles, to provide a solution with the minimum environmental footprint.

SAS protects the UK’s oceans and beaches by targeting coastal issues such as marine litter, sewage pollution, industry and coastal development, so was keen to work with Interface on the project, in virtue of its Mission Zero® promise to eliminate any negative impact the company has on the environment by 2020.

Carpet tiles from Interface’s newest global collection, Net Effect™, were used in a variety of textures and colours throughout the offices to create a distinct interior design in each room. The carpet tiles were a perfect match for SAS, as the collection’s design is reflective of the ocean’s life giving power and its plight, and is a visual reminder of the colours and textures of the sea and its surface. Net Effect™ is made of 100 per cent recycled content yarn gathered from various sources, including used recycled carpet fluff and commercial fishing nets.

The collection is inspired by Net-Works™, an innovative global business and conservation collaboration between Interface and conservation charity, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). The program has established a community-based supply chain for collecting discarded fishing nets in rural coastal areas within the Danajon Bank in the Philippines, one of only six double-barrier reefs in the world. Aquafil, Interface’s yarn supplier and partner, re-purposes the nylon reclaimed through this partnership, to supply Interface with 100 per cent recycled nylon fibres.

Hugo Tagholm, Chief Executive of Surfers Against Sewage, said: “As a charity that fights to protect our oceans and seas, it is important that we work with partners in our supply chain that can deliver sustainable products and services, so we can work together towards one common goal. Interface is an incredibly progressive company when it comes to its environmental commitment, so it was an obvious choice for us.”

“The carpet tiles were really easy to install, and using tiles meant that there was minimal wastage which was really important to Surfers Against Sewage. Interface is known for high quality, but it’s great to see that we have been able to achieve a striking, durable finish that not only looks good, but meets the sustainability specification, too.”
John Wallace - Managing Director. Southern Flooring Contractors

Net Effect™ Two, which features skinny plank carpet tiles with a tufted patterned structured loop pile, was used throughout the office space, including the main office, boardroom and lobby. The product was used in a neutral grey tone, Caspian, in the main office area and installed using an ashlar method of installation to create a clean and sleek design.

To make a feature space of the boardroom, Net Effect™ Two was specified in complementary colours of Driftwood, Pacific and North Sea, and installed using an ashlar method for an added multi-dimensional aspect to the design. The same product in the Driftwood colourway was also used in the lobby area to ensure the design flowed from room to room.

Hugo Tagholm continued: “It was great working with Interface, the company is so passionate about protecting the environment, both in the UK, and around the world. The great thing about this project is that we have achieved a sustainable flooring solution, without compromising on style.”

John Wallace, Managing Director of Southern Flooring Contractors, which installed the carpet tiles, said: “The carpet tiles were really easy to install, and using tiles meant that there was minimal wastage which was really important to Surfers Against Sewage. Interface is known for high quality, but it’s great to see that we have been able to achieve a striking, durable finish that not only looks good, but meets the sustainability specification, too.”

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