06 Sep 2015

NET-WORKS – a business student’s perspective

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BY BRANT WELLS

This summer I had an opportunity to join Interface as an intern and work alongside the Net-Works team while having the pleasure of working and living in London, UK. I arrived in London with the understanding that Net-Works was a project that Interface and the Zoological Society of London had partnered on, together tackling the issue of discarded fishing nets in artisanal communities in the Philippines and Cameroon. These nets can then be regenerated into new nylon yarn by Aquafil, and utilized in the production of Interface’s carpet tiles.

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Interface allows the recycled products from the Net-Works nets to be feedstock for Aquafil’s ECONYL® yarn, allowing the recycled yarn to be used in a large range of its products. This allows Interface carpet of many styles or designs to have a connection to the environmental and social impact that Net-Works works so hard to accomplish. This is why I find Net-Works to be so unique, as the goal is much more than just creating a sustainable product, but in fact it is much wider – to have a positive environmental impact, social impact, and to impact an entire supply chain. Impressively, Net-Works parallels with and develops Interface’s “Mission Zero” goal: to eliminate any negative impact Interface may have on the environment by the year 2020.

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