Cultural Interface FairWorks: A Case Study on Sustainable Business Models
It was my good fortune to find Miriam Turner renting a room in her Barcelona apartment for only $50 a night. Through a series of e-mails we discovered our joint passion for sustainable materials, me a designer and advocate for sustainable material reclamation, and Miriam, on the innovation team for InterfaceFLOR’s global offices based out of the UK and Spain.
Over dinners of freshly purchased olives and cheese from the historic La Boqueria we talked about the rate of innovation and the need for economic growth not only in developing countries, but for all local industries everywhere, using renewable and reclaimed materials. She had been working on a project started in 2004 called Fair-Works with a new product line called Just TM where InterfaceFLOR was developing renewable modular flooring while creating economic growth for weaving communities in Tamil Nadu, India.