What does packaging Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) involve?
What does “life cycle assessment” actually mean?
Here at AR Metallizing, our papers undergo extensive life cycle analysis, which enables us to assess their environmental impact and identify room for improvement from a sustainability perspective.
To do this, we look at the complete product lifecycle. Generally speaking, the “cradle to grave” product lifecycle consists of five phases: raw material extraction, manufacturing and processing, transportation, usage and retail, and waste disposal.
There are however other concepts when it comes to the product life cycle, such as “cradle-to-cradle”, which aims to “close the loop” through recycling or reuse and is most often used within the circular economy.
What does a LCA tell us?
A properly-carried out LCA will provide manufacturers with metrics and indicators that will enable them to evaluate and improve the sustainability of future package designs, highlight potential problem areas and ensure that their environmental goals are having the intended impact.