STUDIES REGARDING THE USE OF RECLAIMED WOOD IN THE MANUFACTURE OF MODERN FURNITURE – PART II
This paper represents the second part of a complex study regarding the possibilities to use reclaimed wood as a raw material in the furniture industry as replacement for new wood. The authors of this paper wish to highlight the issues related to the environmental costs of such an approach, by using Life Cycle Analysis. The study is based on two different versions of the same product – one using new materials vs. one using reclaimed materials - and seeks to determine the major sustainability issues at product level. These are translated into environmental costs generated by each version during their projected life cycle and the end of life scenarios, contributing to a more robust and forward thinking product design in the furniture industry.
Key words: Furniture, sustainability, reclaimed wood, life cycle analysis
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