Challenge As consumers make more and more purchasing decisions based on a product’s ‘green’ credentials, sustainable products have become more commonplace. Consumers readily abandoned companies that were not certified by a credible sustainability agency or group. Recognizing how important it was to adjust to changing consumer attitudes, Heuck, a renowned worldwide distributor of houseware products since 1922, decided to establish a sustainable and carbon neutral product line.
Since product life cycle assessment (LCA) was not a core competency, Heuck needed to turn to an industry expert to help carry out this project. Heuck wanted an end-to-end solution including analyzing the project’s feasibility, implementing the program and generating the reports necessary to receive CarbonNeutral certification.
Solution Heuck chose FirstCarbon Solutions to provide this needed end-to-end solution because of FirstCarbon Solutions in-house expertise in LCA and data processing capabilities.
After providing Heuck with a comprehensive feasibility analysis of its sustainable and carbon neutral plans, FirstCarbon Solutions also developed an analysis of Heuck’s manufacturing process across its entire supply chain.
FirstCarbon Solutions next identified and collected data on energy usage, raw materials used, packaging, solid wastes, and transportation for each of Heuck’s operations. Using these data and other information to get a preliminary greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory through proven LCA Methods, FirstCarbon Solutions calculated Heuck’s carbon footprint per unit measured.
With the carbon footprint information, Heuck purchased carbon offsets which eventually reduced their carbon footprint to zero. After achieving this, Heuck moved forward with the certification phase from The CarbonNeutral Company.
The FirstCarbon Solutions Advantage
Because of FirstCarbon Solutions, Heuck continues to differentiate itself in a highly competitive market due to its sustainability initiatives. Heuck benefited from FirstCarbon Solutions’ expertise on life cycle assessment, sustainability management, and GHG inventory development. Through FirstCarbon Solutions, Heuck realized its goal of achieving carbon neutral certification for a new product line.