Case Study: Interface
It is clear Interface has successfully dispelled the myth that focusing on sustainability negatively affects the bottom line. If anything they have proven exactly the opposite. Since 1996 to 2013, Interface has reduced the manufacturing waste it sends to landfill by 84 %. About 49 % of all raw materials are now either recycled or bio-based, including 36 % of yarn and 51 % of carpet backing. Savings from avoided waste costs amounted to $450 million. In terms of energy, total energy use at the global factories has been reduced by 39 % per unit. Also, 36 % of energy consumed globally is from 100 % renewable sources (with 7 out of 9 facilities operating with 100 % renewable energy), and actual greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 41 %.