Carbon Footprint Analysis for Bedding and Furniture
CleanMetrics now offers an integrated carbon footprint solution for the bedding
and furniture industry. Using our standards-based life-cycle inventory database and our life-cycle assessment software tools, we can
provide reliable and high-quality life-cycle carbon footprint assessments for
all bedding and furniture products, materials and configurations.
Why Carbon Footprints for Bedding and Furniture?
materials better or worse than natural fibers on a life cycle basis? Are there
any significant environmental impacts from "eco-friendly" fibers and
biopolymers? What are the environmental costs and benefits of organic,
conventional and GMO cotton? What are the trade-offs in using various
combinations of shell and fill materials? How much difference can recycled
materials make? What are the typical greenhouse gas emissions from the
production of sustainable wood in managed forests? These are just some of the
many questions that we can help answer with our analysis, often resulting in
recommendations for minimizing resource use and emissions. A
life-cycle carbon footprint analysis of bedding and furniture products is a crucial analytical tool that can help advance
the cause of sustainable production and consumption.
What are Carbon Footprints for Bedding and Furniture?
The carbon footprint of a bedding or furniture product is the total amount of
carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases emitted over the life cycle
of that product, expressed as kilograms of CO2
equivalents. This includes all greenhouse gases generated in the manufacture of
the raw materials, fabrication of the product, transport of materials
and finished products, packaging, the use phase, and end-of-life disposal.
At CleanMetrics, we have worked on a broad range of commercial projects using
life-cycle methods and focused on carbon footprints. Our work has included
analyses of a broad range of synthetic and natural materials, production
processes, and resource uses in both production and consumption. We have also
analyzed and compared the impacts of conventional and organic cotton, virgin and
recycled polyester, biopolymers and other materials such as down feather in
bedding products. Our mission is to help your
business address the challenge of sustainable production and consumption with the best collection of
tools, data and expertise.
Our life-cycle inventory database includes cradle-to-gate and/or unit process data for everything
needed to perform a complete life-cycle carbon
footprint analysis of bedding and furniture products:
- Full range of virgin and recycled materials used in bedding and furniture --
including conventional and organic cotton, polyester and other synthetic fibers,
biopolymers such as Ingeo, polyurethane and latex foam, down feather, leather,
plastics, wood, and metals.
- Transportation, warehousing,
fuels, water, and electricity by grid regions.
- All common waste disposal methods -- such as landfill, incineration, compost,
reuse and recycling -- including energy recovery options.
The database is fully integrated with our life-cycle
assessment software tools and can be easily customized for your specific application. We are continually adding data for more products/processes to the database. We also offer a low-cost rapid research option to add data for specific products or processes that you may need for your application..
We offer a range of solutions depending on your needs and in-house expertise.
- For organizations with internal expertise in life-cycle assessment and product
carbon footprints, we can license our software products with integrated
life-cycle inventory database. We can also license our
database separately if
you have other means of performing the analyses.
- For organizations that are looking for a turn-key solution, we can use our
software tools, database and technical expertise to provide a complete
and deliver analytical results tailored for your specific business needs.
You can use our solutions in a variety of ways:
consumer information such as product carbon labels or purchasing guides.
- Provide investor information such as corporate environmental reports.
- Identify hot spots in your supply and delivery chain, and make your
product/service more carbon efficient on a life-cycle basis.
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