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Life cycle assessment study

DS Smith, Plastics Division has compiled an independent, scientific study to measure the overall environmental performance of bag-in-box versus alternative packaging for liquid products.

Life cycle assessment of bag-in-box

What is life cycle assessment?

  • The product life cycle
  • The impact assessment
  • The findings

What is life cycle assessment?

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a technique used to quantify the environmental impact of products during their entire life cycle. The different elements of the life cycle are examined from raw material extraction, manufacture, transport and usage, through to waste processing or disposal.

For each stage an inventory is made of the energy and material consumption, and of any emissions introduced to the environment. The most familiar emission described is the carbon footprint of a particular product or process.

LCA is an objective process to evaluate the environmental burdens associated with a product, process, or activity. This is done by identifying energy and materials used and the waste released to the environment. This enables the evaluation and implementation of opportunities where environmental improvements can be made. (SETAC, 1990)

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