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by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jan 04, 2012 04:12 AM
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by MK last modified Aug 08, 2011

It is with a heavy heart that I write this. Our dear friend and mentor, Ray Anderson, passed away today after his battle with cancer. Ray was the founder and chairman of Interface (the company that brought us FLOR modular carpets), but was known mostly for his advanced and progressive stance on industrial ecology and [...]




 

 


It is with a heavy heart that I write this. Our dear friend and mentor, Ray Anderson, passed away today after his battle with cancer. Ray was the founder and chairman of Interface (the company that brought us FLOR modular carpets), but was known mostly for his advanced and progressive stance on industrial ecology and sustainability in business practices. He was a writer, a speaker, and featured in many documentaries such as The Corporation, The 11th Hour, and “The Nature of Things”. I first met Ray at a photo shoot for INC magazine in 2006. We were both on the cover of “The Green 50″ issue. I was incredibly nervous, until Ray came in. His smile, generosity and humor immediately put us all at ease and we had a fabulous afternoon. I was lucky enough to see him a number of times since then at various events, including the TED 2009 conference where he gave a talk outlining his adventures to reach the top of “Mount Sustainability”.

Ray Anderson wrote:
“If we’re successful, we’ll spend the rest of our days harvesting yester-year’s carpets and other petrochemically derived products, and recycling them into new materials; and converting sunlight into energy; with zero scrap going to the landfill and zero emissions into the ecosystem. And we’ll be doing well…very well…by doing good. That’s the vision.”
His inspiring words and legacy will live on through all of us.
Rest in peace, dear Ray. We will miss you.



 

 

 
 
 

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