All our Arapaha products are designed to have a minimum impact on our planet without compromising aesthetics and performance. We carefully select bio-based materials, we use strict creation guide lines and we take responsibility to bring all materials used in our products back again and again.
An important part of our science based decision making is to calculate the footprint of our products. To do so we have teamed up with TNO, The Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research. The full TNO report can be downloaded below.
A life cycle assessment (LCA) is a methodology for assessing environmental impacts associated with all the stages of the life cycle of a commercial product, process, or service. The respective impacts of various end-of-life treatments are calculated based on the ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 standards using Simapro software version 9.3.03. For the LCA ReCiPe 2016 Midpoint (H) impact assessment method is chosen to calculate the environmental impacts of the technologies as well as the European Product Environmental Footprint method.
For six Arapaha products TNO compared their carbon footprint with the conventional designs. A massive carbon footprint reduction can be achieved ranging from 33 to up to 97%.
Enjoy and cherish our products that are part of a clean and closed cycle: use, re-sell, give away or return to us. But how big is the impact of returning your product once you no longer have use for it? We simulated this by varying the collection rate from 35 to 80%. As you can see the effort to run goods after their initial use has a marked impact on reducing the overall carbon footprint.
We have asked ourselves how our molecular recycling technology, which is a vital part of our closed loop, compares in carbon footprint with other options such as mechanical recycling, composting and incineration. Molecular recycling makes it possible to reuse the materials and thereby outperforms almost all other possible technologies.
To really reduce the footprint of our consumption we continue to use Arapaha products after their initial use. So how does the carbon footprint develop if you analyse the lifetime of a generation? As you can see below if you use an Arapaha rug for a generation you can have a 5 times lower carbon footprint compared to using a conventional rug!