Division Twelve, an environmentally-friendly furniture manufacturer focusing on bent metal designs, has announced that their full line of furniture has been officially certified as carbon neutral. In achieving this, the manufacturer has worked to reduce emissions at every stage of their processes – from design and the materials they used in production, distribution and end-of-life.
“Sustainability has been engrained in the Division Twelve ethos from the start,” says Meghan Sherwin, Chief Marketing Officer. “We are proud to reach this milestone in our sustainability efforts – combined with our best-in-class design and fresh, irreverent marketing, Division Twelve is a real triple threat in the furniture industry.”
Addressing the Inevitability of Carbon
Of course, there is an amount of carbon that simply cannot be eliminated through operational efficiencies, which Division Twelve has considered. This has led to the company engaging in multiple third-party verified carbon offset projects to address what carbon emissions remain throughout their production cycle. These projects include:
- The U.S. Truck Stop Electrification Project, selected to specifically address the carbon emissions created during product transportation.
- The Minnesota Forestry Improvement Project, selected with Division Twelve’s use of wood furniture components in mind, to contribute to the management and improvement of Minnesota woodlands.
- The Aqua Clara Water Filtration Program, selected because Division Twelve believes that clean water is a basic human right that every person should have access to. This water filtration program provides Kenyan communities with access to safe drinking water while generating employment opportunities and reducing deforestation.
Division Twelve has also worked with SCS Global Services, the international leader in third-party verification for sustainability, in which they conducted Life Cycle Assessments for every Division Twelve product. This process examines the products’ cradle-to-grave lifespan and the associated energy and materials used to develop and operate the product. This process helps to inform the number of carbon emissions that will need to be offset by the abovementioned projects.