• Local'e: Organic Furniture 101

    Environment, Environmental Design


    Local'e: Organic Furniture 101

    Rethinkng The Way We Create

    This project was developed in conjuction with Tim Keating from Rainforest Relief

    Issue: Our current system for manufacturing furniture is both environmentally and economically inefficient. It involves the transport of goods from the united states to multiple manufacturing nations. Massive fuel waste leads to an increased carbon footprint. Also, a transfer of manufacturing jobs from local economies to manufacturing nations.

    Local'e is a system for manufacturing furniture on a local scale, using materials indigenous to the area of production. Carbon offsets will be tallied into the final pricing figure based on how far the product is shipped from the manufacturing zone. The benefits of this system of manufacturing will be a decreased carbon footprint, an increase in production in the United states, and a sustainable long lasting product.

  • Daniel,

    I've been invited to give feedback to all Parsons students, regarding your thesis projects.

    Congratulations on addressing an important manufacturing issue. I have the feeling you've been inspired by Cradle to Cradle! The Next Industrial Revolution is definitely upon us and we need more thinking like this to move it forward.

    It's good that you've considered all steps of the product's life-cycle, from material extraction through to transportation, use and re-use. You've hit all the key markers, but you haven't made clear how in fact the inefficiencies will be addressed - both environmentally and economically. You've mentioned both, which confirms your awareness of these factors, but maybe you could give a few examples of how in fact you'd propose solving for them.

    I like how you've factored in carbon cost into product cost though. And how you've considered local economies. For this to happen, surely we won't revert to a manufacturing economy in the US (we've outsourced the infrastructure)...but perhaps a newfound manufacturing economy can certainly be born - one that isn't mass-scale and centralized, but one that's small-scale and distributed. This would also cut down on fuel costs and introduce work to local economies, etc.

    Good job. Just elaborate a little more on the details of HOW your manufacturing/distribution cycle takes shape. J.

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