Here at Artisan Furniture, we believe customers should know where their products come from, and how they’re made. This extends to knowing the carbon footprint of the products you buy. Hence, we’ve calculated it through step an average piece of furniture ordered makes.
From the artisanal hamlets in the desert of Rajasthan, to your doorstep anywhere in the world, we’ve made every effort to minimise the carbon footprint our products generate, as you will see here.
- As we work with localised artisans, the transportation cost of the product for artisan hamlets to our Jaipur factory is minimal and around 0.5 kg per product – Tank to Wheel*
- From factory to Mundra port- Tank to Wheel – 400 kg for a container / 1 kg per product
- Mundra port to UK Port – Voyage – 1 kg per container/ 0.0025 kg per product
- UK Port to Ipswich – Tank to Wheel – 8 kg per container / 0.02 kg per product.
- Ipswich to Customer’s door – Tank to Wheel – 2.12 kg per product
Average CO2 for a product is – 3.65 kg
Here it is imperative to note that Wood is the only construction material which has absorbed CO2 from the atmosphere when produced, not emitted more.
During its production, one tonne of:
Concrete — has released 159 kilos of CO2 into the atmosphere
Steel — has released 1.24 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere
Aluminium — has released 9.3 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere
Wood, however, has absorbed a net 1.7 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere, over and above the energy expended in growing, harvesting and processing.
In simple words, by using solid wood you are saving a lot of the carbon in the wood from being released into the atmosphere. This tells us that about half of the weight of wood is ‘stored carbon’.
Therefore, a 10kg piece of furniture will stop 5kg of carbon being released – this more than offsets the average carbon spent in shipping the furniture from artisan to home owner.
… for it to go thousands of miles across the world, straight to your doorstep. It’s a number to be proud of, but we’re improving our products’ footprint every single time we ship a container, with larger volumes, lower emission vehicles and optimised container loads.
*Tank to Wheels is a logistics industry term which is a way of expressing the energy used when converting fuel in a vehicle’s tank to making the vehicle’s wheels turn. This is how the carbon released is therefore calculated.