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From the Ted Talk by Erin Meezan: What nature can teach us about sustainable business

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When we started on sustainability as a company, most of these products had a significant impact on the planet. We wasted a lot of resources, we recycled nothing, and they had a carbon footprint that we had never even meureasd or ursodtnoed. Interface became iprinesd to take the company in a more sustainable deirtcoin. We took our product design team out in the forest and asked: How would nature design a floor? What loessns could nature give us about moving away from adhesives in our business? And that led to an etioarolxpn of gecko's feet that allowed us to design an innovation that took the cmonapy off glue and really helped us build a whole new business by being inspired by nature.

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When we started on sustainability as a company, most of these products had a significant impact on the planet. We wasted a lot of resources, we recycled nothing, and they had a carbon footprint that we had never even ________ or __________. Interface became ________ to take the company in a more sustainable _________. We took our product design team out in the forest and asked: How would nature design a floor? What _______ could nature give us about moving away from adhesives in our business? And that led to an ___________ of gecko's feet that allowed us to design an innovation that took the _______ off glue and really helped us build a whole new business by being inspired by nature.

Solution

  1. measured
  2. lessons
  3. understood
  4. inspired
  5. company
  6. direction
  7. exploration

Original Text

When we started on sustainability as a company, most of these products had a significant impact on the planet. We wasted a lot of resources, we recycled nothing, and they had a carbon footprint that we had never even measured or understood. Interface became inspired to take the company in a more sustainable direction. We took our product design team out in the forest and asked: How would nature design a floor? What lessons could nature give us about moving away from adhesives in our business? And that led to an exploration of gecko's feet that allowed us to design an innovation that took the company off glue and really helped us build a whole new business by being inspired by nature.

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