GLRPPR Sector Resource: An Abbreviated Alternatives Assessment Process for Product Designers: A Children's Furniture Manufacturing Case Study
An Abbreviated Alternatives Assessment Process for Product Designers: A Children's Furniture Manufacturing Case Study
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]
Journal of Cleaner Production. 19(5), 464–476.
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