05 Apr '11, 9pm

How a carbon-neutral product is made

Making environmentally-responsible products is hard, so kudos to M.E. Heuck Co., houseware manufacturer, for even trying. After more than a year of work with their partner FirstCarbon Solutions, they have unveiled ZEROCA Carbon Neutral Cookware . Yeah, they had to buy offsets to make it totally carbon-neutral, but first they did their best to tamp down emissions in every area they could. They also sourced their materials as responsibly as possible: The handles are made from 'farm-managed' bamboo, and the steel is 100 percent recycled. FirstCarbon helped M.E. Heuck conduct an "independent analysis of manufacturing process, including the supply chain behind M.E. Heuck’s own facilities," reports Heather Clancy at SmartPlanet . "Data considered included energy usage, raw material usage, packaging, solid waste and transportation emissions." Based on that audit, they wrestled do...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/list/2011-04-05-how-a-carbon-neutral...

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