A life-cycle-related analysis looks at a product “from cradle to grave”. Thus,the extraction of the necessary raw materials, the production of packaging, the use of packaging as well as the disposal of these are considered. Through this holistic approach, it should be avoided that it only comes to a shift of the negative impact into another life phase of a product. For example, by reducing the weight of a package, the negative impact on the production phase can be reduced.
This research field evaluates and compares selected packaging strategies from other research fields in terms of their social, economic and sustainable impacts. The tools used for this are the Life Cycle Assessment (ELCA) method, the Life Cycle Costing (LCC) for the economic impact and the Social Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA) for the social impact. The aim is to merge the three methods mentioned in a life cycle sustainability assessment (LCSA).
Justus Caspers, M.Sc.
Department of Sustainable Engineering
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