Our production is based on an already efficient foundation: solid wood is a renewable raw material, and our studio workshop uses 100% renewable energy from the hydroelectric power plant located next door. Wood is also a good carbon sink, as it absorbs and sequesters carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere within itself. When calculating a product’s carbon footprint, there are other factors to consider besides the materials and the production process, such as transport, packaging and the disposal of the product at the end of its life.
If carbon sequestration or removal is taken into account, as it very often is in calculating carbon footprints, our products are mainly carbon neutral. For example, the carbon footprint of the Biennale stool-table, over its entire life cycle, is 23.46 kg CO2e; but, if the product’s carbon sequestration, which is -64.65 kg CO2e, is taken into account, the table’s carbon footprint becomes an overall negative number, or -41.19 kg CO2e.
If carbon sequestration or removal is taken into account, as it very often is in calculating carbon footprints, our products are mainly carbon neutral.
Of course, this negative carbon footprint can be somewhat misleading — in reality, manufacturing always requires energy and everyone should understand that the world will not be saved if we only buy “carbon neutral” products.
It is also important to keep in mind that not all impacts can be measured by looking at the carbon footprint. Our products are made to last up to 100 years. Out of the materials we use, wool has the largest carbon footprint, but it is extremely durable and doesn’t contain any nanoplastics. That is why, as consumers, we should always be critical when looking at the carbon footprints of products.
Detailed results of our emissions inventory can be found at this link.