Consider the Environmental Life Cycle of Green Products
November 9, 2009 - Contact FacilitiesNet Editorial Staff »
Choosing green interior products can be confusing if you don’t know what to look for. Many products make claims like low-VOCs or recycled content, but facility executives need to look at the bigger picture to make a responsible choice.
Considering the entire life span of a product and its impact on the earth’s environment, the space it’s going in and the people around it is called the environmental life cycle.
Included in an environmental life cycle assessment of a product are the materials it’s made from, how it’s handled at every step of the production process, impact of shipping and delivery, and it’s eventual recycling, disposal or transformation at the end of it’s useful life.
Considering all these factors in an environmental life cycle assessment will ensure that your facility looks beyond the hype and makes a responsible purchasing decision.