We are a product innovation firm. We are in a unique
Our expertise in design strategy, design innovation, product position to affect positive
realization, and brand expression allow us to help clients
clearly define their goals, differentiate themselves from
competitors, lessen their impact on the environment, and
offer solutions that are wholly relevant to consumers. Who we are Product innovators and green advocates.
To create strategies and products that affect
change and promote sustainable thinking.
Who we are Committed to promoting sustainability.
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When you’re considering the redesign of an existing product, The results at times may be counterintuitive. For example, in some
we can help you find ways to make it greener. We begin with a cases the benefits of using a biodegradable part may be more than
life-cycle assessment, an analysis of the materials, energy, wastes, offset by a loss of durability that curtails the life of the product.
and emissions that go into the manufacture, distribution, use, and Altitude has both the knowledge to make an informed decision
disposal of the product. Armed with this data, we can determine and the experience to make the correct decision.
where best to focus our efforts.
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in 1x Change Making existing products more sustainable.
Green from scratch.
A new product line or an emerging technology presents an and maximize appeal? How can we extend the product’s lifespan?
exciting opportunity. We can incorporate sustainability into its Is there something we can remove that won’t alter the product’s
DNA. To do so, we must consider the big picture. What are consumers effectiveness but eliminates waste? In exploring the answers to these
looking for? What behaviors and habits must the product address? questions, we draw upon our breadth of experience as consultants.
How can we marry the latest innovations in materials and processes We are constantly exposed to new ideas. An aspect of one project
with these consumer concerns to minimize environmental impact could apply to another, cross-pollinating across industries.
5x Change Making inherently sustainable products.
Design can be a powerful tool for modifying or changing uncovers these critical insights and uses them as the framework
behavior. Success hinges on developing a deep understanding of for conceiving of products or services that instill new behaviors
current behavior, the values and motivations that shape experience, and experiences. The “magic” lies in satisfying expected value
and the emotional connections that make an experience both and emotional demands while sparking change.
meaningful and desirable. Altitude’s Design Strategy Team
10x Change Making products that promote green behavior.
285 MTe CO2 (8.11 MTe CO2 per employee)
100 In 2008, Altitude emitted the equivalent
Global warming is just one of several environmental impact Now that we have this data, we have embarked on a second phase 59MTe 52MTe
50 of 285 MTe CO2 into the atmosphere, or
categories that we collectively need to address, but it is one of work: to make the numbers relevant to our daily lives. If we can 47MTe roughly 9.93 MTe CO2 per employee.
of the best known and best documented. We decided that make the extent of our carbon emissions tangible to each of us—to
Altitude’s Green Initiative should begin with a calculation of how we make it really resonate—then we stand a greater chance of making
are contributing to climate change. How much carbon are we putting the behavioral changes necessary to lessen our impact.
into the atmosphere each year? We totaled our utility use and our
modes of transportation, among other things. We discovered that
Altitude generated 163 metric tons of CO2 in 2007. Air Travel 45% Commuting 21% Natural Gas 18% Electricity 16%
What we’re doing Measuring our impact.
Carbon Footprint 2007 (228 MTe CO2)
Even with our recycling program a lot of our garbage ends The results? The experiment certainly got us to think. Most of us were
up, well, in the trash. Just how much? Alex Tee, our Green Initia- stymied about what to do with damp paper towels in the bathroom. A
tive point man, got curious. He saved all of Altitude’s recycling and few of us secretly threw away trash in others’ receptacles. Some were
garbage for the month of July. To his surprise, our recycling made up a astonished at how much trash we accumulated, while others thought
relatively small percentage of the pile. the amount of trash was small. Even more telling, after the month
was over and trash pickup resumed, we went back to our old habits.
To make this point hit home, Alex initiated “Trash Month.” For one
Trash Month really showed us the challenges of affecting long-term
month, participating Altitude staffers saved their trash and recycling.
All communal trash cans and recycling bins were removed, even in
the restrooms. As Alex puts it, “people would be confronted by their
consumption on a daily basis.”
What we’re doing Studying our habits.
New take on a familiar friend.
When a client of ours asked us to design a new coffee maker, We refined the most impactful aspects of the coffeemaker, such as the
we decided to take the opportunity to view the product heating element, non-insulated glass carafe, the ubiquitous clock and
through a green lens. The first step in analyzing the environmen- digital interface, among other things. By thinking beyond the plastic
tal impact of a product is to set appropriate boundary conditions, we were able to discover a cooler way to stay warm and deliver an
which in this case included both the product itself, as well as the improved product experience with reduced environmental harm.
use phase. With the impacts understood, we could make informed
decisions and incorporate sustainable features, which are not only The results? Environmental Savings – 53,059 Millipoints
environmentally responsible, but also economically viable.
What we’re doing ‘Green from scratch’ case study.
Responsibility to all.
At Altitude, we believe in being accountable—not just to our Altitude Inc.
clients and colleagues, but also to the environment and greater 363 Highland Avenue Somerville, MA 02144
humanity. This is why we have launched our Green Advocacy www.altitudeinc.com
Initiative. It is a commitment to educating ourselves about the is-
sues and to being part of the solution. It is a pledge to infuse our
innovation process with sustainable thinking.
What we’re doing Being accountable.