DESIGN ALPINO AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Design Alpino is committed to promoting corporate sustainability and reducing environmental impact throughout its work cycle. Furthermore, operating mainly in mountainous areas, Design Alpino’s sensitivity towards these issues is even higher. Design Alpino wants to involve its customers in this important commitment by providing detailed information and precise answers on the CO2 emissions generated during packaging production, transportation, and the products offered.
One of the first questions we asked ourselves to start the virtuous process of reducing CO2 emissions was where to begin to contain emissions. The answer was packaging. So we looked into how much CO2 is generated to produce an average cardboard box that we use for shipments, considering a thickness of 3mm and a surface area of about 1.5 square meters.
We must emphasize that the amount of CO2 generated for the production of cardboard depends on various factors, such as the source of raw materials, production plant efficiency, transportation, and other elements that may vary depending on the specific situation. However, based on industry average data, we can provide an approximate estimate.
According to research conducted by Carbon Trust, a carbon emissions consulting company, the production of 1 ton of recycled cardboard emits about 360 kg of CO2 equivalent. Although this value varies based on the cardboard composition and the amount of recycling used, we can use this figure as an approximate estimate.
Assuming that 3mm thick cardboard with a surface area of 1.5 square meters has a density of about 300 g/m², its mass would be approximately 450 g (0.45 kg). Therefore, the amount of CO2 equivalent emitted for the production of this cardboard would be about 0.16 kg of CO2 equivalent [(360 kg/ton) x 0.00045 ton = 0.16 kg].
That is why at Design Alpino, we have decided to reuse the packaging we receive from our suppliers whenever possible to deliver products to our customers.
At Design Alpino, we are committed to minimizing the environmental impact of our products and adopting sustainable practices. We are aware of our social and environmental responsibility and strive to continuously work to improve our operations and reduce the CO2 emissions generated by our activities. We will continue to seek innovative solutions to become more sustainable and remain available to our customers for any questions or information about our business.
According to the European Environment Agency, light commercial vehicles, including vans, account for 4% of the total CO2 emissions from the transport sector in the EU. Moreover, road transport in Europe is responsible for 22% of the continent’s total greenhouse gas emissions, making the transport sector one of the main contributors to climate change.
Regarding the emissions of a single van, the data depend on the specific model, the transported load, the driving conditions, and other factors. However, some studies indicate that an average van can emit up to 200 grams of CO2 per kilometer. If we consider that a van travels an average of 30,000 to 50,000 kilometers per year, it can emit up to 10 tons of CO2 in a single year.
It is therefore important for both companies operating in the logistics and distribution sector and those that use their services to adopt ecological and sustainable policies, such as the use of hybrid or electric vehicles on the courier side, and the consolidation of shipments and reduction of empty trips on the client side.
Design Alpino is committed to doing its part and has implemented an eco-friendly shipping system that reduces pickups at the company by organizing multiple shipments.
Design Alpino is aware of its social and environmental responsibility and will continue to seek innovative solutions to further reduce the environmental impact of its business.
Design Alpino is committed to researching and creating unique and distinctive furniture designs inspired by the beauty and nature of the Alps. What makes Design Alpino’s products truly unique is the care the company puts into selecting its suppliers.
The selection process is very rigorous and based on very precise parameters. First and foremost, Design Alpino prefers to work with companies that share its commitment to environmental sustainability. This means that suppliers must adopt sustainable practices in all stages of production, from sourcing raw materials to processing and finishing final products.
Secondly, Design Alpino works with partners who use high-quality materials, have a strong work ethic, are predominantly Italian, use local materials, and adhere to safety and quality standards.
Finally, Design Alpino is committed to working with suppliers who use environmentally-friendly finishing substances. This means that collaborators must use paints, dyes, and other finishing products that do not contain harmful substances for the environment or human health.
In summary, the choice of partners is an essential part of Design Alpino’s production and sourcing process. The company is committed to working with suppliers who share its values of environmental sustainability, high quality, and strong work ethic. Thanks to this attention to detail, Design Alpino researches and is able to create unique, high-quality products that respect the environment and satisfy the most demanding customers.