Posted on February 16, 2015
Innovative Modular Fusion Technology provides a major breakthrough for the flooring industry and for Interface’s Mission Zero
Global modular flooring manufacturer, Interface, has unveiled its latest product, Microsfera, an innovative, hybrid flooring solution with the smallest carbon footprint of any carpet tile in history.
Microsfera sets a new low carbon record for carpet tiles, with just 3 kg of carbonper m2 released during its production, including the processing of all its raw materials. This compares with a typical carpet tile which releases 12 kg of CO2 per m2,while an 80/20 wool/nylon broadloom carpet releases 63 kg of CO2 per m2. At 5 kg of carbon per m2, Interface’s Microtuft™ products made with 100% recycled nylon, such as the Elevation range, held the previous record for lowest carbon contribution, (for three years).
Microsfera addresses the two biggest contributors of CO2 in the carpet manufacturing industry: the yarn fibre and the latex pre-coat. To achieve this, Interface combined Microtuft™ construction with its revolutionary modular fusion process. Microtuft™ was first developed by Interface in 2000 to dramatically cut the amount of yarn used in carpet tiles. Now, Interface has gone one step further, using polypropylene yarn in a Microtuft™ construction to achieve the lowest carbon footprint ever in a heavy contract carpet tile.
Interface uses Life-cycle assessment (LCA) as a tool to measure the environmental impact of products – evaluation showed that the main social cost of products is their CO2 contribution. Most of the carbon in products comes from the raw materials, with yarn and latex containing the highest levels.
Using its pioneering modular fusion process, the Microtuft™ yarn is fused directly at the back, eliminating the need for a latex pre-coat, while ensuring Microsfera achieves the same durable performance and heavy contract ratings as traditional carpet tiles.
Microsfera also contributes to a superior indoor air quality, with ultra-low VOC emissions 100μg/m³ less than French and German Indoor Air Quality legislation.
“The beauty of Microsfera is what happens below the surface. The Microtuft™ and modular fusion process have been steadily developed over the past seven years to ensure the Microsfera range has the lowest emissions of any product in the market today,” said Ton van Keken, Senior Vice President of Operations at Interface Interface EMEA. “Another step in our Mission Zero pledge, the pioneering manufacturing processes we have established in the creation of Microsfera pushes the boundaries of what can be achieved in the design and functionality of modular flooring.”
Available in 100cm x 25cm Skinny Planks, Microsfera fuses beauty with function to offer subtle, linear design options and flexibility, while reducing waste.
The colour palette comprises a range of balanced shades: industrial greys, on-trend denim-inspired blues and raw copper hues that can be combined to create striking effects and transitions. When coupled with the rich, sensory textures of Interface’s Touch & Tones product range, Microsfera modular flooring can be used to enrich spaces, creating contrasts and differentiating work zones.
A full product range and specifications are available to view at www.interface.com/microsfera
Interface is the world’s largest global manufacturer of commercial modular flooring. Its flooring products combine beauty and innovation with functionality and environmental credentials to help customers bring their design vision to life.
Interface was one of the first companies to publicly commit to sustainability, when it made a pledge in the mid-nineties to eliminate its impact on the environment by 2020. Known as Mission Zero, it influences every aspect of the business and inspires the company to continually push the boundaries in order to achieve its goal.
Interface is now more than half way to reaching Mission Zero and has been widely recognised for its achievements to date. Its products have also received several awards, specifically for design and innovation, the most recent being The Athenaeum Good Design Awards for Fotosfera and Urban Retreat.
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