Østfoldforskning has worked with environmental declaration and ecodesign for furniture for many years. Textiles are an important component of furniture, and awareness is growing about the societal and environmental issues associated with the consumption of textiles in the form of clothing. We believe that furniture and textiles are obvious priority areas with respect to the ongoing project portfolio and desired future aims. LCA, SLCA (social LCA) and eco-design tools are used in existing and ongoing projects.
Østfoldforskning has participated in research projects on a national and Nordic basis, including development of a tool for developing sustainable products in the furniture industry and Nordic projects on textile waste. The latter includes: "EPR-systems and new business models for the Nordic Waste Group", "A Nordic strategy for collection, sorting, reuse and recycling of textiles" and "Nordic textile reuse and recycling commitment". Østfoldforskning has extensive expertise in LCA, SLCA and Chemical Footprint as used in furniture and textile projects.