In today’s world, the environmental impact of furniture products is becoming a major focus. 

Understanding and measuring this impact is not only crucial but also an ethical necessity. So, what exactly are Product Environmental Footprints (PEF), and why are they important for the furniture industry’s sustainable evolution?

What are Product Environmental Footprints?

At the heart of the matter lies the Product Environmental Footprint methodology, created by the European Commission.

This methodology provides a structured approach for companies to measure the environmental impact of their furniture across its entire lifecycle. Built upon the scientific foundation of Life Cycle Assessments (LCA), PEF offers a framework for transparently assessing and ultimately reducing environmental impacts.

Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD)

Product Environmental Footprints

Why Does it Matter?
The need for PEF arises from the stark reality that approximately 80% of emissions from home furniture retailers originate from their products. To reduce total emissions effectively, a focused approach towards product sustainability is standard.


What is Sourcebynet doing?
Sourcebynet recognises the significance of PEF in their sustainability journey. By investing in the Product Environmental Tool from Malbar, they are equipped to accurately assess the climate impact of their furniture products.

This tool facilitates an examination of various factors including materials, production processes, and transportation methods, to make scientific-based decisions towards reducing their carbon footprint.

Driving Change Through Collaboration
Beyond internal efforts, Sourcebynet actively collaborates with key customers on CO2 equivalent (CO2eq) reduction projects.

Using the PEF platform, they evaluate existing products, identify areas for improvement, and explore alternative variables such as materials, locations, and recyclable content to enhance sustainability.

The Future
The adoption of the Product Environmental Footprint standard is key for the furniture industry.

It not only establishes a level playing field with standardised environmental measurement rules but also fosters transparency and collective action towards reducing environmental impact.


In essence, PEF is not just a methodology; it’s a catalyst for transformative change. It empowers stakeholders across the furniture industry to embrace sustainability as a core value, paving the way for a conscious and responsible future.

Sourcebynet recognises the significance of Product Environmental Footprints in their sustainability journey. 


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