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Life Cycle Assessments

Updated last: 18 December 2014

A crucial part of the Plastic Project has involved gaining and sharing knowledge about best practice within the areas of recycling and prevention of plastic waste.

Where relevant Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies have been conducted, which have been used for various purposes, including:

  • For convincing stakeholders about the benefits of designing in a "green" way
  • As a sort of documentation for companies to use for marketing
  • As a way of developing environmentally sound arguments about a proposal e.g. when arguing for substituting one material or product with another

The LCA's were either initiated based on discussions within a forum, or as a spin-off to another activity or demo-project.

LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT

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Sticks'n Sushi
This LCA was conducted in collaboration with a Master thesis student from the Technical University of Denmark. The aim of the study was to compare the environmental impact of the current Sticks'n Sushi with three alternative scenarios.

The LCA quantifies the environmental benefits of collecting post-consumer packaging with the purpose of recycling and reuse.

Find the report here.

Paint Buckets
Environmental assessment of the benefits of recycling used paint buckets, instead of incinerating them as hazardous waste.

The LCA quantifies the environmental benefits of collecting and cleaning hazardous post-consumer plastic products with the purpose of recycling instead of energy recovery.

Find the report here.

EAT food programme
In this report the environmental impact of the current waste management scheme of the packaging generated by the EAT programme was compared to an alternative scenario, with a reusable packaging.

The LCA quantifies the environmental benefits of designing food packaging with the purpose of preventing plastic waste by reuse.

Find the report here.

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