Interface Introduces Carpet Collection Made from Recovered Fishing Nets
- Jun 18, 2013
By Mike Ratliff, Senior Associate Editor
More and more construction and design companies are incorporating recycled content into their products thanks to programs such as LEED and the general trend of environmentally conscious consumerism. But it takes a truly clever program to turn an environmental initiative into a design-forward product that also benefits some of the poorest coastal communities in the world. Interface, the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial carpet tile, is doing just that with their Net Effect collection—a collection of carpet tiles made with yarn produced from recovered nylon fishing nets.
The innovative collection was born from Net-Works, a global business and conservation association between Interface and the conservation charity the Zoological Society of London. The program, which began in June 2012, established a community-based supply chain for collecting discarded fishing nets in rural coastal areas within the Philippines’ Danajon Bank, one of only six double-barrier reefs in the world. The recovered nets, which are made from the same material used to make carpet yarn, can exist for centuries, taking a toll on both the environment and marine life. The nets are also one of the most abundant sources of recyclable nylon in the world.
The finished product is a collection that provides a subtle visual reminder of the sea, with a design reminiscent of swirling currents. Exclusive Interface designer David Oakley, owner of David Oakley Designs, created the collection of six modular carpet tile options. Net Effect includes three 50 cm square tiles (neutral ground, transition tile and textural accent) that evoke the sea with a texture that references the moment when waves wash over land. There are also three 25 cm by 1 meter skinny plank styles help keep your design options open.
For more option on the Net Effect line, be sure to visit Interface’s site.