August 23rd, 2011
By Lisa Sawin
We recently lost a champion in the sustainable movement. Ray Anderson, founder and Chairman of Interface, passed away last week from cancer at the young age of 77. Ray Anderson’s clear mission and approach to sustainable business established Interface as the worldwide leader in design, production, and sales of environmentally responsible modular carpet, and will continue to inspire us beyond his lifetime and 2020 goal to summit the metaphorical Mount Sustainability.
“In 1994 founder Ray Anderson received a dramatic wake-up call—something he described as a spear in the chest. He realized there was an urgent need to set a new direction for Interface. He challenged us to pursue a bold new vision: To be the first company that, by its deeds, shows the entire industrial world what sustainability is in all its dimensions: people, process, product, place and profits—and in doing so, become restorative through the power of influence.” (from Interface’s website www.interfaceglobal.com)