Using the data we have gathered from over 1000 products so far, we estimate that the furniture of an average home in the USA has emitted aprox 10 Tons of CO2 to be produced. This considers a standard 2 bedroom apt with very minimal decoration and no outdoor spaces. To meet the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5°C, we should emit less than 2.3 tons of CO2 per person every year. Considering this, 10 CO2 tons for an average household size of 2.6 people is simply too high. Even if the furniture was kept for 10 years, which is in many cases not happening, it would represent roughly 16% of our ideal footprint.
Over 10M tons of furniture waste is sent to landfill every year in the USA (EPA, 2020). We should be lowering manufacturing and distribution emissions of furniture and many other objects we buy, as well as making sure we use items for longer periods of time. Thats what Loopa aims to help everyone do.
Who are we?
Loopa started at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as part of the Master of Science thesis of our founder Andrea Quiros-Balma, a furniture designer herself. Working in the furniture industry she grew frustrated with the lack of transparency and information there is about environmental impact, and decided to start Loopa to help consumers shop informed. The project was chosen as part of the MIT DesignX Accelerator in 2023.
Loopa is an independent venture, we do all our own estimates and carbon accounting models, in accordance with LCA and ISO 14064 standards. We are a small team of designers, engineers, and data scientists, with a passion for building sustainable futures. Our motivation is to help future generations have a safe and comfortable place to live. We believe that consumers have the power to change how industries develop, and want to give you the opportunity to vote for the future you want. We hope that you will find value in what we do and support us by using our platform to find your next favorite item - every vote matters!