Eco-mobilier : welcome to the world !
A new eco-organism has been set up to deal with previously used furnitures : eco-mobilier ! This announcement is a good opportunity to learn a little more about this eco-organism, how it works and what it stands for, since eco-organisms are the best example of the cyclic pattern which will (hopefully) become a standard in the future.
Two intersting facts accompanied the creation of this brand new eco-organism. First, a figure on furnitures that are concerned by this eco-organism : on average, each piece of furniture lasts for 15 years, the number of years going up to 23 years when it comes to kitchen furnitures. This shows that the idea of being responsible for sold products has a meaning, even for goods that will be used for more than a decade. Nothing could illustrate better the fact that more than ever, one is responsible for the waste it will eventually create, whatever the time it takes to turn into waste. Good news !
The second interesting piece of information regarding the arrival of this new eco-organism is that the specifications have been published by the ministry for environment. It is the best way to understand the underlying objectives that underpin the creation of such eco-organisms. What are these requirements ?
- Reduce the amount of furniture waste (by 3% over the next 6 years)
- Value 80% of the collected waste through reusing, recycling or energy recovery
- Among these 80%, reuse 45% of the collected waste (this figure going up to 75% when it comes to industrial furniture waste)
- Communicate over the eco-organism activity, in cunjunction with all existing eco-organisms (investing 0,3% of their overall revenue)
- Reach 50 millions people by 2015
- Integrate a calculation scheme to reduce the contribution rate of the members who will introduce eco-design features in the products they sell.
Reducing the eco-organism to the requirements it is meant to fulfill helps understanding the effective objectives that are sought. And wether it is the aim to reuse rather than recycle, foster eco-design or simply reduce the amount of waste before-hand, these objectives are in line with those of yield consumption, and bring very optimistic forecast for the near future.