Take control of the impact from purchased goods and services

Sustainability has become an increasingly important factor in customer choice: 73% of global consumers say they are willing to change their consumption habits to reduce their environmental impact. If that number is great news for the planet, it isn’t exactly reassuring for manufacturing companies. Actually, 80% of a company’s footprint usually comes from purchased goods and services, a category that can be quite hard to monitor and improve on. The data can be difficult to gather, in-depth analyses usually require months or years before showing any results, with few actionable insights. It makes it hard for companies to really integrate sustainability at the core of their processes, especially with limited resources.
So… how can you overcome these obstacles and take control of the impact from purchased goods and services?
The answer is simple: you need an integrated approach to sustainability.

Proven results

The idea of Makersite stemmed from a simple observation: despite its importance, sustainability is very often an afterthought, or pushed to the last iterations of the design cycle, limiting its potential for improvements. What if we could instead reverse this approach to include sustainability directly at the core of product development, without hindering time-to-market or margins?
Over the last 3 years, we helped clients in over a dozen industries, from cosmetics to textile, electronics to construction, rethink, and support their development process to create more sustainable products, faster.
Results speak for themselves. On average, our users reported 25-35% improvements in decisions about components/materials and where to source them, as well as a 10% reduction in time-to-market.

How it works

Makersite provides the most comprehensive product data and supply-chain coverage, including physical and chemical properties, raw materials, manufacturing processes, environmental impacts, suppliers, prices, etc. across thousands of products used in various industries. Combined with cutting-edge AI and big data technology, getting started to seeing results only takes 3 easy steps: import, mapping, and analyses.

 

From a simple BOM, Makersite creates a comprehensive digital copy of the product and connects it with millions of data points. From there, users can perform full LCA analyses in minutes instead of weeks or gather baseline data in days instead of months.
All necessary (and available) data is pre-integrated and included in the subscription. Updates happen automatically, and with the AI-powered improvement suggestions, teams can innovate faster.
We also built collaboration at the core of the platform. Whether teams are big, small, remote or on-site, fast sharing options and flexible privacy settings make it easier to get the right people involved at the right moment, from suppliers and co-workers to customers and shareholders. This integrated approach to sustainability provides results faster than traditional tools, even with limited resources and data.

Successfully manage your impacts

It is critical to leverage digital transformation to make change faster. Even when looking at a strict compliance point of view, mitigating environmental impacts is becoming unavoidable. International environmental law went from a few dozen multilateral agreements in a handful of countries to hundreds of multilateral environmental agreements worldwide in the last forty years, setting tighter and tighter targets for companies to meet. Added to the growing demand for more eco-friendly products, companies that fail to integrate sustainability in their process will likely become fall behind the competition.

But thankfully, with the rise of more efficient technology and better data coverage, it is possible to finally take control of your environmental impact. Studies have shown that it is now possible to reduce climate impacts by 25-35% by choosing better materials and making smarter supplier choices, as well as optimizing for the current recycling or reclamation capabilities of destination markets to maximize end of life options and recyclability. With Makersite, identifying, and evaluating better alternatives across your supply chain is now fast and easy.

If you would like to see how Makersite can help you improve your product sustainability and calculate the impact of purchased goods and services, visit our solution page for more details.