How Desko’s business case positively affects the environment

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In the previous newsletter we began a three-part series about Desko, one of our members who is making circular strides in the office furniture sector. In our previous post, we investigated the financial impact and benefits of their three-tier buy-back business model. Today we look at the significant environmental benefits that result from this scheme.Earlier this past year, Circle Economy and Desko teamed up to assess the environmental impact of Desko’s three-tier buy-back scheme compared to the traditional one-time sell business model practiced by many companies. We wondered what type of environmental savings resulted from producing a desk only once, but reusing it three times. So as part of her thesis with Circle Economy, University of Graz Industrial Ecology Master’s student conducted a life cycle assessment (LCA*) to shed some light on this topic. Production, transportation, and refurbishment impacts were researched to give the most accurate overall picture of the desk’s lifetime - its journey from ‘cradle to grave’.After carrying out a screening LCA, Huiling investigated the most significant environmental impacts associated with DESKO’s Duo Slinger table (as shown in the picture below). According to the study, the three-tier buyback model compared to the one time sell model showed a 62% reduction in CO2e*, the unit used to measure climate change global warming potential. The study also showed a 61% reduction in antimony-eq, a unit used to measure abiotic resource depletion.** The main reason for these significant cuts is the extensions of the service life of the product (three-tier). The climate impact mainly lies in the manufacturing process, if the product is used multiple times instead of once, the impact per use decreases.

DESKO’s Duo Slinger table

The study also quantified refurbishment positive impact - manufacturing a Duo Slinger table generates 127 kg-CO2e while refurbishing the same table contributes a much lower climate change global warming - a potential reduction of 93.5%!Finally, the LCA gave insight into new opportunity areas for Desko for further impact reduction. In the life cycle of a Duo-Slinger table usage, the production of steel parts contributes to the main chunk of the total impact: appr. 81%. The steel parts also contain high embodiment energy. Therefore, if DESKO seeks to further reduce the impact of Duo Slinger table, further reuse, repair or remanufacture of the steel parts can play an important role.Want to learn more about the Desko’s case? Stay tuned as we will dive into Desko’s design ambitions in the next newsletter.* LCA is a technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product’s life from cradle to grave.** “Carbon dioxide equivalent” or “CO2e” is a term for describing different greenhouse gases in a common unit. For any quantity and type of greenhouse gas, CO2e signifies the amount of CO2 which would have the equivalent global warming impact.***Those who are familiar with LCA know there are many ways to assess environmental impact. As Circle Economy was most interested to see the savings of Desko’s business model for both emissions and depletion of natural resources such as minerals and fossil fuels, only global warming potential and depletion of abiotic resources impact categories were selected to be studied.

Desko is ambassador of the campagne The Netherlands Circular Hotspot.

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December 17, 2015

How Desko’s business case positively affects the environment

In the previous newsletter we began a three-part series about Desko, one of our members who is making circular strides in the office furniture sector. In our previous post, we investigated the financial impact and benefits of their three-tier buy-back business model. Today we look at the significant environmental benefits that result from this scheme.

In the previous newsletter we began a three-part series about Desko, one of our members who is making circular strides in the office furniture sector. In our previous post, we investigated the financial impact and benefits of their three-tier buy-back business model. Today we look at the significant environmental benefits that result from this scheme.Earlier this past year, Circle Economy and Desko teamed up to assess the environmental impact of Desko’s three-tier buy-back scheme compared to the traditional one-time sell business model practiced by many companies. We wondered what type of environmental savings resulted from producing a desk only once, but reusing it three times. So as part of her thesis with Circle Economy, University of Graz Industrial Ecology Master’s student conducted a life cycle assessment (LCA*) to shed some light on this topic. Production, transportation, and refurbishment impacts were researched to give the most accurate overall picture of the desk’s lifetime - its journey from ‘cradle to grave’.After carrying out a screening LCA, Huiling investigated the most significant environmental impacts associated with DESKO’s Duo Slinger table (as shown in the picture below). According to the study, the three-tier buyback model compared to the one time sell model showed a 62% reduction in CO2e*, the unit used to measure climate change global warming potential. The study also showed a 61% reduction in antimony-eq, a unit used to measure abiotic resource depletion.** The main reason for these significant cuts is the extensions of the service life of the product (three-tier). The climate impact mainly lies in the manufacturing process, if the product is used multiple times instead of once, the impact per use decreases.

DESKO’s Duo Slinger table

The study also quantified refurbishment positive impact - manufacturing a Duo Slinger table generates 127 kg-CO2e while refurbishing the same table contributes a much lower climate change global warming - a potential reduction of 93.5%!Finally, the LCA gave insight into new opportunity areas for Desko for further impact reduction. In the life cycle of a Duo-Slinger table usage, the production of steel parts contributes to the main chunk of the total impact: appr. 81%. The steel parts also contain high embodiment energy. Therefore, if DESKO seeks to further reduce the impact of Duo Slinger table, further reuse, repair or remanufacture of the steel parts can play an important role.Want to learn more about the Desko’s case? Stay tuned as we will dive into Desko’s design ambitions in the next newsletter.* LCA is a technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product’s life from cradle to grave.** “Carbon dioxide equivalent” or “CO2e” is a term for describing different greenhouse gases in a common unit. For any quantity and type of greenhouse gas, CO2e signifies the amount of CO2 which would have the equivalent global warming impact.***Those who are familiar with LCA know there are many ways to assess environmental impact. As Circle Economy was most interested to see the savings of Desko’s business model for both emissions and depletion of natural resources such as minerals and fossil fuels, only global warming potential and depletion of abiotic resources impact categories were selected to be studied.

Desko is ambassador of the campagne The Netherlands Circular Hotspot.

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December 5, 2019

How Desko’s business case positively affects the environment

How Desko’s business case positively affects the environment

In the previous newsletter we began a three-part series about Desko, one of our members who is making circular strides in the office furniture sector. In our previous post, we investigated the financial impact and benefits of their three-tier buy-back business model. Today we look at the significant environmental benefits that result from this scheme.Earlier this past year, Circle Economy and Desko teamed up to assess the environmental impact of Desko’s three-tier buy-back scheme compared to the traditional one-time sell business model practiced by many companies. We wondered what type of environmental savings resulted from producing a desk only once, but reusing it three times. So as part of her thesis with Circle Economy, University of Graz Industrial Ecology Master’s student conducted a life cycle assessment (LCA*) to shed some light on this topic. Production, transportation, and refurbishment impacts were researched to give the most accurate overall picture of the desk’s lifetime - its journey from ‘cradle to grave’.After carrying out a screening LCA, Huiling investigated the most significant environmental impacts associated with DESKO’s Duo Slinger table (as shown in the picture below). According to the study, the three-tier buyback model compared to the one time sell model showed a 62% reduction in CO2e*, the unit used to measure climate change global warming potential. The study also showed a 61% reduction in antimony-eq, a unit used to measure abiotic resource depletion.** The main reason for these significant cuts is the extensions of the service life of the product (three-tier). The climate impact mainly lies in the manufacturing process, if the product is used multiple times instead of once, the impact per use decreases.

DESKO’s Duo Slinger table

The study also quantified refurbishment positive impact - manufacturing a Duo Slinger table generates 127 kg-CO2e while refurbishing the same table contributes a much lower climate change global warming - a potential reduction of 93.5%!Finally, the LCA gave insight into new opportunity areas for Desko for further impact reduction. In the life cycle of a Duo-Slinger table usage, the production of steel parts contributes to the main chunk of the total impact: appr. 81%. The steel parts also contain high embodiment energy. Therefore, if DESKO seeks to further reduce the impact of Duo Slinger table, further reuse, repair or remanufacture of the steel parts can play an important role.Want to learn more about the Desko’s case? Stay tuned as we will dive into Desko’s design ambitions in the next newsletter.* LCA is a technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product’s life from cradle to grave.** “Carbon dioxide equivalent” or “CO2e” is a term for describing different greenhouse gases in a common unit. For any quantity and type of greenhouse gas, CO2e signifies the amount of CO2 which would have the equivalent global warming impact.***Those who are familiar with LCA know there are many ways to assess environmental impact. As Circle Economy was most interested to see the savings of Desko’s business model for both emissions and depletion of natural resources such as minerals and fossil fuels, only global warming potential and depletion of abiotic resources impact categories were selected to be studied.

Desko is ambassador of the campagne The Netherlands Circular Hotspot.

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In the previous newsletter we began a three-part series about Desko, one of our members who is making circular strides in the office furniture sector. In our previous post, we investigated the financial impact and benefits of their three-tier buy-back business model. Today we look at the significant environmental benefits that result from this scheme.Earlier this past year, Circle Economy and Desko teamed up to assess the environmental impact of Desko’s three-tier buy-back scheme compared to the traditional one-time sell business model practiced by many companies. We wondered what type of environmental savings resulted from producing a desk only once, but reusing it three times. So as part of her thesis with Circle Economy, University of Graz Industrial Ecology Master’s student conducted a life cycle assessment (LCA*) to shed some light on this topic. Production, transportation, and refurbishment impacts were researched to give the most accurate overall picture of the desk’s lifetime - its journey from ‘cradle to grave’.After carrying out a screening LCA, Huiling investigated the most significant environmental impacts associated with DESKO’s Duo Slinger table (as shown in the picture below). According to the study, the three-tier buyback model compared to the one time sell model showed a 62% reduction in CO2e*, the unit used to measure climate change global warming potential. The study also showed a 61% reduction in antimony-eq, a unit used to measure abiotic resource depletion.** The main reason for these significant cuts is the extensions of the service life of the product (three-tier). The climate impact mainly lies in the manufacturing process, if the product is used multiple times instead of once, the impact per use decreases.

DESKO’s Duo Slinger table

The study also quantified refurbishment positive impact - manufacturing a Duo Slinger table generates 127 kg-CO2e while refurbishing the same table contributes a much lower climate change global warming - a potential reduction of 93.5%!Finally, the LCA gave insight into new opportunity areas for Desko for further impact reduction. In the life cycle of a Duo-Slinger table usage, the production of steel parts contributes to the main chunk of the total impact: appr. 81%. The steel parts also contain high embodiment energy. Therefore, if DESKO seeks to further reduce the impact of Duo Slinger table, further reuse, repair or remanufacture of the steel parts can play an important role.Want to learn more about the Desko’s case? Stay tuned as we will dive into Desko’s design ambitions in the next newsletter.* LCA is a technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product’s life from cradle to grave.** “Carbon dioxide equivalent” or “CO2e” is a term for describing different greenhouse gases in a common unit. For any quantity and type of greenhouse gas, CO2e signifies the amount of CO2 which would have the equivalent global warming impact.***Those who are familiar with LCA know there are many ways to assess environmental impact. As Circle Economy was most interested to see the savings of Desko’s business model for both emissions and depletion of natural resources such as minerals and fossil fuels, only global warming potential and depletion of abiotic resources impact categories were selected to be studied.

Desko is ambassador of the campagne The Netherlands Circular Hotspot.

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In the previous newsletter we began a three-part series about Desko, one of our members who is making circular strides in the office furniture sector. In our previous post, we investigated the financial impact and benefits of their three-tier buy-back business model. Today we look at the significant environmental benefits that result from this scheme.Earlier this past year, Circle Economy and Desko teamed up to assess the environmental impact of Desko’s three-tier buy-back scheme compared to the traditional one-time sell business model practiced by many companies. We wondered what type of environmental savings resulted from producing a desk only once, but reusing it three times. So as part of her thesis with Circle Economy, University of Graz Industrial Ecology Master’s student conducted a life cycle assessment (LCA*) to shed some light on this topic. Production, transportation, and refurbishment impacts were researched to give the most accurate overall picture of the desk’s lifetime - its journey from ‘cradle to grave’.After carrying out a screening LCA, Huiling investigated the most significant environmental impacts associated with DESKO’s Duo Slinger table (as shown in the picture below). According to the study, the three-tier buyback model compared to the one time sell model showed a 62% reduction in CO2e*, the unit used to measure climate change global warming potential. The study also showed a 61% reduction in antimony-eq, a unit used to measure abiotic resource depletion.** The main reason for these significant cuts is the extensions of the service life of the product (three-tier). The climate impact mainly lies in the manufacturing process, if the product is used multiple times instead of once, the impact per use decreases.

DESKO’s Duo Slinger table

The study also quantified refurbishment positive impact - manufacturing a Duo Slinger table generates 127 kg-CO2e while refurbishing the same table contributes a much lower climate change global warming - a potential reduction of 93.5%!Finally, the LCA gave insight into new opportunity areas for Desko for further impact reduction. In the life cycle of a Duo-Slinger table usage, the production of steel parts contributes to the main chunk of the total impact: appr. 81%. The steel parts also contain high embodiment energy. Therefore, if DESKO seeks to further reduce the impact of Duo Slinger table, further reuse, repair or remanufacture of the steel parts can play an important role.Want to learn more about the Desko’s case? Stay tuned as we will dive into Desko’s design ambitions in the next newsletter.* LCA is a technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product’s life from cradle to grave.** “Carbon dioxide equivalent” or “CO2e” is a term for describing different greenhouse gases in a common unit. For any quantity and type of greenhouse gas, CO2e signifies the amount of CO2 which would have the equivalent global warming impact.***Those who are familiar with LCA know there are many ways to assess environmental impact. As Circle Economy was most interested to see the savings of Desko’s business model for both emissions and depletion of natural resources such as minerals and fossil fuels, only global warming potential and depletion of abiotic resources impact categories were selected to be studied.

Desko is ambassador of the campagne The Netherlands Circular Hotspot.

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