Interfloor, a Europe manufacturer of carpet underlay and flooring accessories supplied 286 rolls of its first fully sustainable and ethically produced underlay renu, for the Cop26 conference venue.
In keeping with the spirit of the international environmental conference agenda, Interfloor has committed to supply the carpet underlay and to recycle when world leaders left Glasgow.
Says the company: ‘The product’s green credentials were recognised by conference organisers and a key requirement for supplying renu was to ensure no waste. The 286 rolls of underlay will be returned to Interfloor’s Haslingden site in Lancashire where it will be re-granulated and made into new rolls of renu.
‘While driven by a vision to utilise post-consumer waste to aim for 100% genuine recycling in the manufacture and after life of a high-quality underlay, the Interfloor team that developed this innovative sustainable underlay also ensured it met the Tredaire brands well recognised features of luxury and comfort.’
renu green credentials
Part of Interfloor’s Tredaire family, renu is made from 98% recycled materials, using ethically sourced and genuinely recycled materials, which means keeping waste from landfill and is reportedly 100% recyclable itself.
Says the company: ‘The main body of the underlay is made of foam reclaimed from recycled soft furnishings, this foam is then mixed with a binding agent and subject to high temperature steam under high pressure. The backing is made from 100% recycled and unbleached paper, and water-based inks are used for printing. The film used on renu is made from an ethically produced, carbon-negative bio-based film that comes from sugar cane.
‘The sugar cane actively captures CO2 from the atmosphere, while at the same time releasing oxygen – making this material not just green, but proactively green. 100% recycled plastic is also used for the packaging, at all times striving to use the most environmentally friendly options possible.’
Ceo John Cooper said: ‘We’re all rightly concerned about how we treat our planet, and we’re proud to be supplying Cop26 with a product that meets not only the values of the conference but our own ideals too.
‘One of the standout qualities of renu is that when the world leaders have left the conference, it will be fully recycled. It’s without question the most sustainable underlay in our long history, and we were delighted that it’s been recognised by Cop26 in striving for this full circle of ‘no waste’.
‘We have made great strides in improving efficiency and increasing sustainability over the decades, but this new product is a game-changer, bringing together raw materials that we save from going to landfill with some that actually have a positive effect on the environment.’