What is it
Biosfera is the first carpet tile collection in the industry to include 100% recycled yarn, made from a combination of pre consumer and post consumer raw material from sources including fishnets.
The collection has also been manufactured to include less yarn than ever before, significantly reducing its environmental footprint without compromising performance.
Where can it be used
Corporate offices, hospitality and retail.
Why is it green
Biosfera is the first carpet tile collection in the industry to include 100% recycled yarn, made from a combination of pre consumer and post consumer raw material from sources including Interface own products. The collection has also been manufactured to include less yarn than ever before, significantly reducing its environmental footprint without compromising performance.
Independently verified by third party auditors, the recycled yarn in Biosfera consists of 30% post consumer recycled raw materials from a variety of sources; these include reclaimed commercial fishing nets that have reached the end of their useful life and end of life yarn and backing material from Interface own products.
The company reclaims the carpet tiles and reprocesses the yarn and backing through ReEntry 2.0, a pioneering carpet tile recycling system that makes Interface the only carpet tile manufacturer to achieve like-for-like recycling today.
Unprecedented Environmental Qualities
The Biosfera collection includes three products; Bouclé, Velour and Micro. Based on popular tufted designs, these have been re-engineered to include as little yarn as possible, whilst maintaining high performance. Interface has achieved the lowest yarn weight ever for a carpet tile with Micro, which is manufactured using the company’s pioneering Microtufting technology; this offers the durability of a hard floor with the acoustics and feel of soft carpet.
Glue-free installation – with TacTiles™
All Biosfera carpet tiles are offered with TacTiles™ as a standard installation system, which means you don’t need to use traditional adhesives.
Using TacTiles™ reduces the environmental impact by about 90% when compared to traditional adhesive.
Biosfera I can contribute positively to all major green building certification schemes. TacTiles™ can help gain further credits through these schemes, by lowering levels of VOCs.
Offsetting carbon emissions – with Cool Carpet®
Biosfera part of our Cool Carpet® programme, where we measure the greenhouse gases emitted throughout the life of a carpet, then work with partner organisations to purchase verified carbon offsets that neutralize these emissions. This means calculating the CO2 emissions not just from the manufacturing process, but also from raw materials, use and maintenance, and final disposal.
More reasons to choose Biosfera Since 2000, Interface has used life cycle assessment (LCA) to assess the environmental footprint of its products and address ways in which to reduce and ultimately eliminate these impacts. The processing of virgin, oil-rich yarn is responsible for around 50% of a carpet tile’s total environmental footprint.
In November 2010, Interface stepped up its leadership by committing to implement EPDs for all products by 2012. Building sector executives are increasingly considering environmental credentials for all products in their purchasing decisions in order to meet regulations and green building requirements. Choosing between the varieties of claims from ‘natural’ to ‘carbon negative’, however, can be difficult.
EPDs allow buyers to make informed decisions about the true environmental impacts of products, based upon confirmed facts. EPDs provide objective and comparable information about different products, while complying with internationally recognised standards. An EPD is a third-party verified report derived from a comprehensive life cycle assessment (LCA), which outlines the product “ingredients,” detailing where each material comes from, as well as the environmental impacts across a product’s life cycle.
Similar to how nutrition labels help consumers compare the health benefits of food items, an EPD enables buyers to compare product environmental impacts. Impacts such as energy and material consumption, waste generation and emissions are measured throughout the entire life of a product.
Interface was the first carpet tile manufacturer to receive verified EPDs for its products and continues to be a global leader in EPD adoption.