Challenges and opportunities in using Life Cycle Assessment and Cradle to Cradle® for biodegradable bio-based polymers: a review

Monia Niero, Renil Manat, Birger Lindberg Møller, Stig Irving Olsen

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Abstract

Both Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and Cradle to Cradle® (C2C) approaches can provide operative insightsin the design of biodegradable bio-based polymers. Some of the challenges shared by both LCA and C2Cthat need further investigation are the use of lab scale data versus primary data from establishedtechnologies and the identification of the best option for the end of use stage, e.g. for use as packaging. Weconsider the case of a natural fiber-based composite material obtained from barley straw and present someinsights from both LCA and C2C perspectives in the identification of the best option for its end of use.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings. International conference on Life Cycle Assessment as reference methodology for assessing supply chains and supporting global sustainability challenges : LCA for "Feeding the planet and energy for life"
EditorsSimona Scalbi, Arianna Dominici Loprieno, Paola Sposato
PublisherENEA
Publication date2015
Pages347-350
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventInternational conference on Life Cycle Assessment as reference methodology for assessing supply chains and supporting global sustainability challenges - Stresa and Milano, Italy
Duration: 6 Oct 20158 Oct 2015

Conference

ConferenceInternational conference on Life Cycle Assessment as reference methodology for assessing supply chains and supporting global sustainability challenges
CountryItaly
CityStresa and Milano
Period06/10/201508/10/2015

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