The myFootprint "footprint analysis" program is a tool for customers to better understand the impact of their purchase by looking at carefully-investigated facets of a product's production, use, end-of-life, social, and misc. factors.
Production: The production category accounts for all encompassing inputs and resources used in the manufacturing of the good. Sub-categories include, but are not limited to, extraction impact, re-used content, renewable resource, and toxic material management.
Use: In this category, we look at the installation, maintenance, off-gassing, resource consumption, and durability of reviewed products. Many of the impacts pertaining to the use of a product are case-by-case as purchaser behaviors vary; nonetheless, this category looks at the controlled variable relating to the products usability.
End-of-Life (EOL): What happens to the product after the end of it's usable life in it's existing form? This category looks at established reclamation programs and whether or not a product is "reincarnated" for reuse, recycle, or biodegradation.
Social: We believe in a hollistic approach to industry. As you will find in the book Cradle to Cradle, in the past, industry has neglected both environmental and social welfare for a "single-bottom line" view of economic efficiency. Looking at environmental and social wellbeing ensures long-term industrial prosperity. The social category includes parameters such as: occupational health/safety, environmental policy, wage equity, gender equity, diversity, employment benefits, corporate generosity, and social chain of custody.
Other: This category was developed to include any variables (positive or negative) that are beyond the evaluation template. Some of such categories are certifications, testing, and achievement.
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It is VERY IMPORTANT to note that the fewer footprints a product has within any given category the BETTER the rating is. We realize that this is quite opposite from the traditional star rating system; nonetheless, we hope that the small footprint concept speaks for itself.
For more information on the footprint rating system or specifics on a particular product, please fill out the form below and a representative will reply to your inquiry within 48 hours.
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