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Miriam Turner, AVP Innovation, Interface

Miriam Turner, AVP Innovation, Interface

We spoke with Miriam Turner, AVP Innovation at Interface, to learn about the latest innovations within the company. The big new trend at Interface is Co-Innovation, a term coined to remind the organization that innovation is best done together, especially when addressing the big challenges around sustainability. This collaboration can take place within your a company, across silos and regions, or across supply chains or even with customers.

While Interface have set themselves a Mission Zero commitment — a promise to eliminate any negative impact Interface has on the environment by 2020, they are already thinking about what's next. Interface are thinking beyond closing the loop on materials to how they can have a restorative impact on the world to make it a better place.

One of their projects involves sourcing nets from disadvantaged communities in the Philippines. Buying nets from poor communities provides much needed income and feeds a social stream of recycled nylon into the supply chain. You can think of it as a social ingredient, a fairly traded element that ends up in 100% recycled nylon.

Tuner believes it was right of Interface to start with the environment as that's where the bulk of the impact sits. But now industrial companies are starting to think about how they can do more good. How much good can a product that you manufacture in the world do, both for the environment and for people.

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