7 June 2018

New tool developed to help green urban furniture purchasing

The first version of a Green Urban Furniture (GUF) Tool has been developed by the LIFE FUTURE project, which aims to support public bodies to purchase more environmentally friendly urban furniture.

The manufacturing of urban furniture, as well as choices around which materials to use, can generate environmental impacts. But comparing these impacts can be difficult.  Some materials are durable, but require chemical coatings or more energy in manufacturing, while others might involve less impacts in production, but have a shorter lifespan.

The GUF Tool has been created to help this decision making. It allows environmental criteria to be easily generated and inserted into public procurement tender requirements. It also creates a checklist which helps to validate the offers that bidders provide for their products.

The GUF Tool - as well as more information on how it has been created - can be accessed here.