Interface announces participation in healthy seas cross sector initiative

Interface announces participation in healthy seas cross sector initiative

29.10.2013: Leading carpet tile manufacturer joins programme to recover and recycle marine waste into textile products, from carpets to clothing

Leading carpet tile manufacturer joins programme to recover and recycle marine waste into textile products, from carpets to clothing




photo caption:  From left, Giulio Bonazzi, President and CEO of Aquafil and Rob Boogaard, Acting President and CEO of Interface EMEAI.



Interface, a leading carpet tile manufacturer and environmental pioneer, has today announced its participation in the ‘Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear’ programme – a new initiative designed to address the growing environmental problem of marine waste. 


Interface is the first flooring company to participate in this global programme, founded by yarn manufacturer Aquafil, conservation group ECNC Land & Sea Group, and Dutch manufacturer Star Stock, as part of Interface’s long-term ‘Mission Zero’ sustainability goal.


The issue of marine waste is vast.  According to a report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), there are approximately 640,000 tonnes of abandoned fishing nets in the oceans, accounting for one-tenth of all marine litter.  These discarded nets can remain in the sea for centuries continuing to catch or injure marine life such as fish, dolphins, turtles and marine birds (known as ghost fishing).  


The Healthy Seas initiative aims to provide a solution by bringing together businesses, NGOs, divers, fishermen and other stakeholders to recover the fishing nets and recycle them into ECONYL® yarn that can be used for a wide range of textile products, including carpets, swimwear, underwear, high-tech clothing and sportswear.


“Interface is delighted to be involved in the Healthy Seas initiative as it works to help tackle the growing environmental problem of marine debris on an industry-wide scale, said Nigel Stansfield, VP and Chief Innovations Officer at Interface.


“We are strong advocates of scavenging waste from one industry for use in another, and see this as a natural extension of the work we are already doing within our own business to convert waste into valuable raw materials for new products.  We are proud to be doing something that we feel strongly about for the good of the wider textiles industry and, crucially, for the good of the environment.”


Other waste-to-value initiatives Interface is working on include the like-for-like recycling of old carpet tiles into new carpet products through its breakthrough ReEntry™ 2.0 process, and the creation of a community-based supply chain for discarded fishing nets in partnership with The Zoological Society of London. 


Called Net-Works™, this innovative project delivers socio-economic benefits in poor coastal communities while providing recycled content for new Interface carpet tiles. 


The Healthy Seas initiative will commence with a series of pilots in Europe.  Work is already underway in the North Sea where more than 20 tonnes of nets have been collected so far.   The next phase of activity will recover and recycle nets from the Adriatic Sea (Italy, Slovenia and Croatia) and the Mediterranean Sea (Spain).  An education programme is also planned to discourage fishers from abandoning their nets and promoting responsible disposal of used nets. 



Lindsay Johnston, Total Communications, UAE- also photo

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