Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable
Promoting Pollution Prevention Through Information Exchange
   

GLRPPR Sector Resource: An Abbreviated Alternatives Assessment Process for Product Designers: A Children's Furniture Manufacturing Case Study

Title:
An Abbreviated Alternatives Assessment Process for Product Designers: A Children's Furniture Manufacturing Case Study

Abstract:
Alternatives assessment is becoming increasingly popular to evaluate the potential environmental and human health hazards of materials. A three step process was used to identify and evaluate alternative products for a children's furniture manufacturer. An alternatives assessment framework was developed to analyze alternative mattresses. The framework specifically addresses those environmental and safety attributes applicable to the product and the product components in accordance with the product's intended use. The result of the assessment allowed the manufacturer to select the most environmentally friendly alternative and eliminate polyvinyl chloride from their product. [Article available for a fee from the publisher or via your local library's interlibrary borrowing service]

URL:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jclepro.2010.10.008

Source:
Journal of Cleaner Production. 19(5), 464–476.

Resource Type:
Article/report

Date of Publication:
2011

Associated Sectors:

GLRPPR is a member of the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange, a national network of regional information centers: NEWMOA (Northeast), WRRC (Southeast), GLRPPR (Great Lakes), ZeroWasteNet (Southwest), P2RIC (Plains), Peaks to Prairies (Mountain), WSPPN (Pacific Southwest), PPRC (Northwest).

P2Rx

One East Hazelwood Drive; Champaign, IL; 61820; (800) 407-0261; glrppr@istc.illinois.edu