Ecomovel: Sustainability? It means creating innovative products

Ecomovel: Sustainability? It means creating innovative products

Sustainability as energy saving, but not all. Sustainability also means creating innovative products

Sustainability as energy saving, but not all. Sustainability also means creating innovative products. It 's the approach that emerged in the sample of 15 Tuscan enterprises of furniture that has been involved in the search for Ecomovel, the European project MED which has received the Commission's contribution which is a partner of the European Union and the Centro Sperimentale in Italy together with Portugal, Croatia, Greece, Spain. The goal, understand the needs of companies Tuscan furniture eco sustainability, test their activities. The approach that emerges is an evolution than a few years ago. Sustainability survey was conducted on a sample of 15 companies in the furniture industry consists of various types of Tuscany companies, or for 11, 5% by manufacturers of cabinets, also for 11, 5% by manufacturers of office furniture for 22% of companies that produce upholstery for 22% of companies producing chairs and tables and at least 33% of firms making kitchens. The size of the company for 75% of cases ranging from 20 to 50 employees. Speaking of markets, 78% of cases focuses only on international markets. Finally, with regard to turnover, 37% of cases ranges from 1 to 3 million euro, 38% from 3 to 6 milioni. On the meaning of the word eco-design notes is a good awareness, since all describe it as a task of designing products with lower environmental impact throughout the life cycle. Companies also say they already follow the environmental sustainability criteria in the design / production of their products for 63% of cases, but there is a tendency to take greater account of the end of life, that is where the producer is substantially less involved . In terms of commercial impact, most say they have had with the adoption of eco-significant increases. Instead, said an increase in costs (relative to the supply of raw materials and research and development) that for some (47%), impacts on the price of the finished product, but not a majority that says no additional cost. Those involved in the introduction of eco-business? For 63% of cases, innovation comes from general management and research and development area and 37% of cases outdoor design to take charge of all processes of development and product engineering. For the future, the two principles that emerge are the specific focus on the sustainability of materials and components used, as well as reducing the environmental impact during production. With regard to public measures, companies, in most cases, believe that government intervention, which substantiates the level of incentives, it is useful to support enterprises.
 

Ecomovel: Sustainability? It means creating innovative products