Profitably green: a carpet-maker’s tale

Despite our manufacturing sector waning in the face of global competition, high wage rates and a strong Australian dollar, carpet-maker Interface is set to build a new factory. Why? The cost-saving power of sustainability and waste reduction.

The past decade has been tough for textile manufacturing, with its contribution to the Australian economy falling by 24 per cent since 2006. So why is a multinational textile manufacturer such as Interface recommitting itself to Australian production at a time when the sector is in decline?

In part, our decision to commission a multi-million dollar carpet factory in Minto NSW is due to our ability to create one of the most environmentally sustainable facilities ever constructed in this country.

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