Since 1994, Interface has challenged its suppliers to develop materials that cut the umbilical cord to oil and has since pioneered the use of recycled yarn, and the sourcing of materials for yarn and backing from recycled sources.
In 2011 we introduced Biosfera, the first carpet tile to use 100% recycled nylon in its construction. We have now added 32 refined colourways to all the styles in the existing 12 Biosfera collection to give you even more choice.
Co-ordinated colours for Biosfera Boucle, Velour and Micro mean you can complement and enhance all aspects of your interior space, from furniture and fittings to décor and layouts.
Boucle and Velour are suitable for monolithic installation, so you can create seamless, wall-to-wall effects and feature areas as part of your unique floor design.
Making waste meaningful
Biosfera is made using 100% recycled yarn. The yarn used in Biosfera is made from industrial waste sources, used fishing nets and fluff from used carpets, separated through processes such as Interface’s ReEntry 2.0 recycling operations. This makes the waste from our own and other industries so much more meaningful.
Less is more
With Biosfera, you have the choice of three high-performance tufted carpets; Micro, Bouclé and Velour, all with minimal use of materials. You might think this compromises quality or longevity, but it doesn’t. In fact, we’ve discovered that a low-weight, well-constructed dense surface performs just as well, as the traditional tiles with higher yarn content.
Biosfera Micro uses around 50% less yarn than a typical carpet tile.
This is achieved with our highly successful microtuft construction which is a key part of our ‘Less is More’ philosophy. Biosfera’s microtuft qualities bridge the gap between a hard floor and a carpet, offering better acoustics than hard floors and an aesthetic surface which is very easy to clean.
Biosfera, Giant Steps towards Mission Zero
Biosfera contributes to Interface’s Mission Zero. We use only 100% recycled yarn, and as little yarn as possible. This means we use far fewer raw materials, too. By reducing the amount of yarn to the minimum and only using recycled yarn in Biosfera, we are tackling the single largest contributor to environmental impact among all the raw materials in a carpet tile; the nylon yarn.
In June 2012 Biosfera obtained the first environmental product declaration (EPD) for floor coverings according to the new EN15804 European harmonised standard. This means the environmental impacts have been assessed for the full life cycle and verified by an independent 3rd party.
Glue-free installation – with TacTiles™
All Biosfera I 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 I is 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 neutralise 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
Resilience and longevity
For more information on Biosfera, please call 080 30589350 or email us.