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Lunch and Learn with Interface, presented by Mikhail Davis

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October 25 – Interface, presented by Mikhail Davis


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Learn more about the materials you can use to build a healthier and more sustainable environment! Join us for our Fall 2017 series of Lunch & Learns, hosted by the Donghia healthier Materials Library and Healthy Materials Lab at Parsons.

The Lunch & Learn series was launched to learn about and explore new materials on the market that are healthier and more sustainable than their traditional counterparts.

This semester we welcome INTERFACE, and THREAD.

The presentations will be held in the Donghia Gallery.

Interface is the world’s largest modular carpet manufacturer. Their infrastructure for recycling carpet is on the path to a “closed loop” manufacturing process that uses no virgin material. Their “Mission Zero” campaign aims for zero emissions, zero waste, and zero oil by 2020. Since 2008, they’ve reduced their average product’s carbon footprint by 34 percent. Interface also calculates all remaining Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions for the entire lifecycle of their products and invests in verified emission reduction projects to offset them.

Mikhail Davis is Director of Restorative Enterprise at Interface and leads Interface’s product transparency efforts in the US. He’s also the lead author and editor of the Radical Industrialists column at greenbiz.com. As an expert in sustainable materials and NGO collaborations, he represents Interface in many organizations focused on closed-loop production, recycling, and chemicals of concern.


Healthy Materials Lab was formed to build healthier lives for all people through the dramatic reduction of toxics in the building industry. This initiative aims to transform the way that building products are manufactured, eliminate avoidable toxics and support the creation of new materials. Through optimizing the health and transparency of building materials in the entire supply chain, the lives of all people will be healthier.

The Donghia healthier Materials Library is a chlorinated polymer free space and advocates for complete material transparency.

If you have any questions, please contact us at: materiallibrary@newschool.edu

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