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									Interface FLOR carpet tiles

BACKGROUND
“Convert,” a new category of carpet tile that is manufactured with post-consumer
recycled yarn harvested through the company’s ReEntry 2.0® recycling program.
Convert styles offer never before seen levels of post-consumer content reclaimed
from just about any type of used carpet. But the most remarkable outcomes of this
process are the aesthetic and color results from post-consumer yarn.“These products
offer a full spectrum of colors and stunningly beautiful design capabilities that no one
believed post-consumer materials could ever achieve. Recycled Content for Convert
Products:minimum total post-consumer recycled content of 32% minimum total
recycled content of 65% (post-consumer and pre-consumer) as high as 72% total
recycled content depending on style and color.
Model or ID numbers: containing Post-consumer fiber
MasterFormat Number(s): 09 68 13, 09 68 00
http://www.greenformat.com/products/397-Interface-FLOR-carpet-tiles

Manufacturer:
InterfaceFLOR
1503 Orchard Hill Rd
LaGrange, GA 30241
info@interfaceflor.com
http://www.interfaceflor.com/default.aspx?Section=5&Sub=3/
(800) 336-0225(main)

Distribution Channels:
Manufacturer-direct
Distributor(/Representative)
Internet-only



PRODUCT DETAILS
2.1 SUSTAINABLE STANDARDS AND
CERTIFICATIONS
2.1.1 Third Party Certification - Whole Product Sustainability
NSF-140 Sustainable Carpet Assessment
Certifying Organization: NSF
Level: Platinum
Certification Number: n/a
Activation Date: 2008-10-01
Length of Term: 24 months

2.1.3 Third Party Certification - Indoor Emissions
CHPS / CPA 01350
Certifying Organization: Carpet & Rug Institute
Level: Green Label Plus
Certification Number: GLP0820
Activation Date: 2009-01-01
Length of Term: 12 months

2.1.4 Third Party Certification - Other Certification Categories
Other
Certifying Organization: climate neutral
Level: verified
Certification Number: n/a
Activation Date: 2008-04-28
Length of Term: months

2.1.5 Second Party Certification Program - Whole Product
Sustainability
Environmental Choice / Ecologo (North America)
Certifying Organization: Canada
Level: N/A
Certification Number: 152
Activation Date: 2008-01-01
Length of Term: months

2.1.6 Second Party Certification Program - Indoor Emissions
Carpet: Green Label
Certifying Organization: CRI
Level: Green Label Plus
Certification Number: 0820
Activation Date: 2009-01-01
Length of Term: 12 months

Carpet Adhesive: Green Label
Certifying Organization: CRI
Level: Green Label Plus
Certification Number: GLP62081
Activation Date: 2008-01-01
Length of Term: 12 months

2.2 SUSTAINABLE PERFORMANCE CRITERIA
2.2.09 Finishes
Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC)
Results: .15-.20

2.2.99 Additional Product Performance
List essential performance and physical characteristics: (ie. Fire resistance
rating, vapor permeability, strength, etc.)
Characteristic: Smoke Density
Measurement test (UL, ASTM, FM, etc): ASTM E - 662
Results (value,units): passes

List essential performance and physical characteristics: (ie. Fire resistance
rating, vapor permeability, strength, etc.)
Characteristic: Flooring radiant panel
Measurement test (UL, ASTM, FM, etc): ASTM E-648
Results (value,units): Class 1

List essential performance and physical characteristics: (ie. Fire resistance
rating, vapor permeability, strength, etc.)
Characteristic: Lightfastness
Measurement test (UL, ASTM, FM, etc): AATCC 16 - E
Results (value,units): passes

List essential performance and physical characteristics: (ie. Fire resistance
rating, vapor permeability, strength, etc.)
Characteristic: Flammability (Pill)
Measurement test (UL, ASTM, FM, etc): CPSE FF 1-70
Results (value,units): pass

List essential performance and physical characteristics: (ie. Fire resistance
rating, vapor permeability, strength, etc.)
Characteristic: Electrostatic Propensity
Measurement test (UL, ASTM, FM, etc): AATCC - 134
Results (value,units):

2.3 SUSTAINABLE COMPOSITION OF PRODUCT
2.3.1 Composition
List the primary materials in a representative sample of the reported product.
(List actual material - not trade name)
face fiber 15%tufting primary 2%precoat 18%fiberglass 1%recycled backing 63%

2.3.2 Toxicity
Does the product contain any California Proposition 65 chemicals?
No
Does the product contain any Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic pollutants
(PBTs) as listed on the EPA Priority PBT List?
No

Is the MSDS and/or a list of toxics available on company website?
No

2.3.3 Recycled Content
Does the product contain any recycled content material?
Yes
Post-Consumer: Percent by weight of total product: 30 range
Post-Consumer: Description of post-consumer content: 30-35% old carpet backing
Pre-Consumer: Percent by weight of total product: 30 range
Pre-Consumer: Description of pre-consumer content: 30-52%, mfg waste
Total: Percent by weight of total product: 75
Total: Measurement definition: --- - FTC definition- ISO 14021

If yes, are these measurements certified?
Yes
Certifying Organization: NSF
Certification Number: NSF 140
Certification Date: 2008-10-01

 Recycled Content Manufacturer Comments

InterfaceFLOR's ReEntry2.0 carpet reclamation program keeps carpet out of the
landfill and supplies the raw materials to manufacturer new InterfaceFLOR carpet.
Interface's product stewardship commitment means truly closing the loop and
converting carpet-to-carpet. With 6+ billion pounds of carpet going to landfill every
year in the U.S., why would a manufacturer rely on non-carpet post-consumer
materials? The Convert platform by InterfaceFLOR uniquely features post-consumer
recycled content from old carpet in both the backing and fiber. An industry first.

2.3.6 Emissions
Does the product contain any added Urea Formaldehyde?
No



PRODUCT LIFE CYCLE
3.1 LIFE CYCLE ANALYSIS
3.1 LIFE CYCLE ANALYSIS
Has this product, or any product in the product category, gone through a life
cycle assessment (LCA)?
Yes
System Used (Please describe the LCA process used as clearly as possible; for
example: a process LCA using SimaPro or a hybrid LCA that used GaBi and
EIO-LCA).: GaBi IV

Was the LCA third-party verified?
Yes
Company performing the LCA: Interface, Inc.

Is there other relevant LCA data, for example, pertaining to a major constituent
material? (In some cases a trade association or other entity may have conducted
an industry average LCA on a common material. Please note if this is the case,
and also if there are ways in which the process used for this product significantly
deviates from that generic LCA.)
No
System Used:
Material or Product:
Company performing the LCA:

Is an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) available for this product, or
any products in this category? (An Environmental Product Declaration (EPD)
provides Life Cycle Information in a standardized format as described generally
by ISO 14025, and specifically for building products by ISO 21930.)
Yes
Was the EPD third party verified?: Yes
Company developing the EPD: Interface, Inc.
If third party verified, company verifying the EPD: Verification: Five Winds
International
Website address (URL) of the EPD, if available.: (coming soon)

 MANUFACTURER COMMENTS
 Manufacturer Comments

Interface, Inc. is the first North American carpet manufacturer to receive a third party
verified Environmental Product Declaration (EPD®).An EPD requires an
unprecedented level of analysis, transparency and disclosure of information that has
previously remained confidential. An EPD is the next step in the disclosure of
consistent and verifiable product characteristics and represents a significant move
forward for the carpet industry. A manufacturer can no longer claim a product is
‘green’ when its overall footprint is anything but. Claims and notable
accomplishments can now be seen, communicated, and compared by customers
through EPDs. InterfaceFLOR continues its industry leadership position on
environmental sustainability through this achievement.InterfaceFLOR chose to base
its EPD on the Convert™ group of products because they represent the company’s
next generation of product and its continued commitment to innovation and
sustainability. Use of recycled nylon 6,6 reduces the global warming footprint by
90% compared to virgin nylon 6,6. Interface is committed to eliminating the use of
virgin raw materials.

3.2 MATERIAL EXTRACTION AND
TRANSPORTATION
3.2.1 Regional Materials
Location(s) of manufacturing facility(s) producing the reported product
City, State/Province, Zip, Country: LaGrange, GA, 30241, USA
City, State/Province, Zip, Country:
City, State/Province, Zip, Country:
City, State/Province, Zip, Country:
City, State/Province, Zip, Country:
City, State/Province, Zip, Country:

List Primary Raw Materials in Product: (ie. sand, cement, water, recycled glass,
clay, wood, biofiber, etc.): (If a significant percent of the raw materials for this
product (excluding water) are sourced from a specific location, please also list
percent by weight of material in the product and material source location (town,
state, country zip code, country). Be as specific as possible regarding each raw
material in the product, but leave the location blank if the material is sourced
from many different locations.)
Material: fiber
Location: various
Percent by weight: 15
Material: backing
Location: various
Percent by weight: 63
Material: precoat
Location: various
Percent by weight: 18

Raw materials or components are too numerous, are sourced from too wide a
region, or are too dispersed for a meaningful answer.
Yes

3.2.2 Supply Chain
What approximate percent of materials and/or assemblies by weight are sourced
from ISO 14001 certified suppliers?
don't know

How has the company worked with suppliers on reducing the environmental
footprint of your supply chain?
Yes. Interface challenged the 3 fiber suppliers to develop post-consumer recycled
content fiber, collected through Interface's carpet recycling program. Currently two
suppliers have developed the technology to convert post-consumer fluff into new
nylon 6 and 6,6 fiber and are now earning Interface's future business.
3.3 MANUFACTURING
3.3.1 Manufacturing and Support Facilities
Does the company maintain ISO 14001 registration for some or all
manufacturing facilities, including international locations?
all

Does the company generate energy on-site from renewable resources?
Yes
Resulting reduction of purchased energy (fuels and electricity): 8

Does the company purchase any thermal energy or electricity from renewable
sources? (for electricity this refers to sources that meet the Center for Resource
Solutions Green-e Energy National Standard)
Yes
If yes, percent of purchased thermal or electrical energy from renewable energy
sources: 45 for manufacturing plant
If yes, percent of purchased thermal or electrical energy from renewable energy
sources: 27 of total company purchase

3.3.2 Manufacturing Process
What is the company's specified goal for reducing energy consumption?
Interface's Mission Zero goal is to eliminate the company's environmental impacts by
2020. Interface is striving for 100% renewable energy, and reducing consumption of
fossil fuel based energy. Reducing energy consumption is a key part of the Mission
Zero strategy.
What steps has the company taken to reduce energy consumption of the
manufacturing process?: Replacment of high bay lighting with flourescent lighting.
The design of the new latex line should be much more energy efficient compared to
the existing line. In 2008, much of our current production was migrated over to the
more efficient line. The temperature of the ovens and line speed are adjusted to
minimize energy consumption and maximize product output, thereby obtaining the
most efficient production process. The West Point, Georgia manufacturing facility is
taking advantage of renewable solar energy through skylights with light diffusers.
This has reduced the plant’s lighting load by as much as 50% during daylight hours.
What is the percent reduction achieved by unit of product over the specified period?:
68
Enter Base year for period.: 1995
Enter Reporting year for period.: 2007

What is the company's specified goal for GHG reduction?
Eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions.
What steps has the company taken to reduce GHG emissions of the manufacturing
process?: Energy efficiency, switching from fossil fuel energy sources like natural gas
to renewable landfill gas, purchase of Renewable Energy Credits, and purchase of
offset credits.
What is the percent reduction achieved by unit over specified period?: 100
Enter Base year for period.: 1995
Enter Reporting year for period.: 2007

Does the company participate in any recognized voluntary programs to increase
energy efficiency and/or reduce GHG emissions in manufacturing?
Yes
other
If other, please list: EPA Clim. Leaders, CCX

Does the company report greenhouse gas emissions?
Yes
Is the company listed on The Climate Registry, and/or is GHG reporting done
according to a recognized protocol?: The Greenhouse Gas Protocol

What is the company's specified goal for reducing potable water use?
Eliminate any negative impact the company may have on the environment by 2020.
Reduce water consumption.
What steps have been taken to reduce potable water consumption of the
manufacturing process?: Interface decommissioned the yarn dyeing systems in 2000
and eliminated the process wastewater effluent pipes. Therefore, the only water
leaving the manufacturing facility is sanitary sewer from restrooms and sinks; there is
no wastewater leaving manufacturing, so no wastewater discharge permits are
needed.
What is the percent reduction achieved by unit of product over the specified period?:
81
Enter Base year for period.: 1996
Enter Reporting year for period.: 2007

What is the company's specified goal for reducing solid waste?
Eliminate waste.
What steps has the company taken to reduce solid-waste created from the
manufacturing process?: Replacement of manufacturing technology in yarn
processing has saved about 5,000,000 lbs. of yarn since 2002 allowing for it to be
reused in our normal carpet tufting process. Interface has embraced biomimicry
principles in designing carpet which allows for mergeable dyelots and thereby
eliminates the need for attic stock and allows for nondirectional installation.
What is the percent reduction achieved by unit of product over the specified period?:
76
Enter Base year for period.: 1996
Enter Reporting year for period.: 2007

What percent of the waste from the facility goes to hazardous waste, landfill,
Waste-To-Energy (WTE), recycled (offsite)?
hazardous waste: ????0
landfill: 15
Waste-To-Energy (WTE): 6
recycled (offsite): 78

Are any Hazardous Air Pollutants (as defined by EPA) created, used, or released
during the manufacture of the product?
No

Are any hazardous chemicals created, used, or released during the manufacture
of the product which must be reported under the State Right to Know Act
(SARA), Section 313 via the Toxics Release Inventory (<a
href="http://www.epa.gov/tri/">TRI)?(The absence of hazardous chemicals or
air pollutants in manufacture is laudable. However the presence of such hazards
is not a simple indicator of environmental impact. Which listed hazards are
present, how they are handled, the magnitude of emissions, nd the extent and
effectiveness of efforts to minimize creation, use, and releases of such hazards,
are all important in assessing environmental responsibility. While it can be
problematic to try to compare the performance of different companies, a record
of TRI releases by company found on the EPA website allows review of a single
company over time. http://www.epa.gov/enviro/html/tris/tris_query.html)
Yes

3.3.3 Manufacturer Comments

The percentages for waste reduction do not entirely capture the full picture.
InterfaceFLOR has very little waste. For every square yard of carpet manufactured,
less than 0.05 lbs of waste is landfilled. The total waste is equivalent to the waste
generated by only 532 Americans for one year.

3.4 CONSTRUCTION
3.4.1 Construction Waste Management
Shipping and Packing Materials (select all that apply for each)
Pallets: --- - Reusable
Boxes: --- - Recyclable
Packing filler: --- - Not used
Containers: --- - Not used
Wrapping: --- - Recyclable

Has the company reduced the amount of packaging required?
Yes

Are there programs in place to reduce environmental impacts of packaging?
Yes
If yes, please describe program and results.: Working with supplier to increase the
recycled content of boxes. Currently 100% post-consumer recycled content.

Does the design of this product include features that reduce amount of excess
material/overage required at installation?
Yes
What is the typical % excess material/overage?: 5
What are the disposition options for excess material?: recycling, reuse
3.4.2 Installation
Accessories: Identify accessory items (adhesives, fasteners, tapes, etc.) required
to install product and describe in the comment field any impact on the
sustainable performance of the product.
Adhesives are not required. InterfaceFLOR’s dimensionally stable backing allows
for a NO-glue installation method using TacTiles. TacTiles replace adhesives when
used to install InterfaceFLOR modular carpet with GlasBac® and GlasBacRE
backings, only. TacTiles eliminate the sticky mess when adhesive is used on
raised-access flooring. TacTiles have an environmental footprint that is more than
90% lower than traditional glue. TacTiles have an exceptionally low odor and
“zero” calculated VOC’s, which meet the requirements for LEED EQ c4.1 Low
Emitting Adhesives. TacTiles use a small quantity of a pressure sensitive adhesive,
applied on one side of a polyester film, to connect InterfaceFLOR carpet modules
together to form a stable surface over almost any hard surface. Installations using
TacTiles comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

3.4.3 Contract Closeout
Final Cleaning: Do recommended final cleaning materials emit any known
airborne toxins or VOCs?
No

3.5 FACILITY OPERATIONS
3.5.1 Product Lifespan

What is the expected lifespan of the product?
15+ years

What is the maximum length of manufacturer's warranty?
20 years

3.5.2 Recommended Cleaning and Maintenance
Recommended frequency of regularly scheduled cleaning
Other

Smooth Surface Flooring: Does the product require waxing or polishing to
maintain its appearance?
No

3.6 DECONSTRUCTION / RECYCLING PHASE
3.6.1 Manufacturer/Industry Programs
Is there a maintenance/replacement agreement?
Yes
Is there a buy-back or take-back program for products at end-of-life?
Yes

For the manufacturing take-back program, what is the recycling rate for
take-back product relative to your annual production in lbs?
25

3.6.2 Product Reuse
Is the entire product reusable?
Yes

Are components of the product reusable?
No

If yes to either of the above, do installation techniques allow it to be easily
removed/disassembled without damage?
Yes

3.6.3 Product Recycling / Disposal
Is the product currently being recycled into another product?
Yes
If yes, describe what new product(s):: new carpet fiber, new carpet backing,
engineered plastics
If yes, what % of annual production is recycled?: 45



ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
4.1 STEWARDSHIP
4.1 Stewardship
Are any of the company's buildings/sites certified under a green building rating
system?
Yes
Identify location of certified building: Atlanta, Shanghai, Bangalore, and Thailand
Identify which certification: LEED CI, CI, CI, NC
Identify level of certification achieved: Platinum , Gold, Gold, Certified

Briefly describe the organizations environmental policies or programs and
provide link to them on company website.
Mission Zero: our commitment to eliminate any negative impact our company may
have on the environmental by 2020.www.interfaceglobal.com

What awards and recognition has the company achieved or received for its
environmental stewardship?
2008: Floor Focus Top 250 Design Survey, InterfaceFLOR rated Green Leader, and
Green Kudos awards, Best Overall Business Experience, Quality, Performance, and
Value.2007: InterfaceFLOR the Carpet America Recovery Effort’s (CARE) Recycler
of the Year award. 2006: Landfill Methane Outreach Program Energy Partner of
the Year, US EPAGlobeScan's 2007 Survey of Sustainability Experts Listed on
Portfolio 21's Top Ten "Green" Companies for 2006

Are there other environmental groups that also list the product(s)?
yes. GreenSpec, EcoLogo, NSF
Is this product GreenSpec listed?: Yes

Does the company participate in any voluntary programs to reduce
environmental impact of the listed product(s)?
Yes
If yes, identify program(s) (select all that apply): --- - Performance Track- other
If "other", please identify:: EPA:Climate Leaders, SmartWay, Green Power
Partnership

Please describe what Design-for-Environment (DfE) strategies were used in
design of this product (including such practices as dematerialization, and
design-for-disassembly), company-wide approach to DfE, and other aspects that
you feel exemplify commitment but have not been quantified elsewhere in this
form.
Interface Research & Development department conducts quarterly "Out of the Box"
meetings focusing on how to reduce the environmental impact of our products, how to
further embrace principles of biomimicry and look to the principles of nature in
designing carpet, dematerialization, and progress towards our goal of 100% recycled
or bio-based raw materials. Additionally, Interface has a Research department
which conducts life cycle assessments of our products to assess how to achieve the
greatest reduction in environmental impact. Current styles of Interface modular
carpet have a 31% lower environmental footprint versus the average product
manufactured by Interface in 2000. Through research using life cycle assessment,
Interface has discovered that the best way to reduce the environmental footprint of
your carpet selection is to choose a product that will last the longest, thereby
reducing the frequency of replacements. Additionally, specifying lower face weight
has the greatest influence on reducing the embodied energy of the product.
Reclaiming carpet removed from renovation projects reduces waste sent to landfill.
Specifying climate neutral carpet expands client's commitment to reducing
greenhouse gas emissions.

4.2 TRANSPARENCY OF INFORMATION
4.2 Transparency of Information
Is the environmental information reported in this form available on the website?
Yes
If yes link to webpage(s): www.interfaceglobal.com

Does the company have an environmental policy or sustainability plan available
on its website?
Yes
If yes link to webpage(s): www.interfaceglobal.com

Does the company produce a corporate sustainability report for public review?
Yes
If yes link to webpage(s): www.interfaceglobal.com

On what protocol is it based (GRI, OneReport, etc)?
GRI

Are the ingredients or materials that comprise the product fully disclosed on
product packaging or in materials accompanying the product?
No

 MANUFACTURER COMMENTS

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