LCA of beverage cups with special focus on the effect of end-of-life scenarios on the assessment results

Tarja Häkkinen, Sirje Vares

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    Abstract

    Environmental impacts of a beverage cup concept were studied with help of life cycle assessment methodology with specific focus on end-of life scenarios. Carton based products were compared with polymer based products. The carton-based cups were covered either with polyethene (PE) or polylactide (PLA). The polymer based cups were made of polyethylene terephthalate (PET). The paper studies the environmental impacts of production and alternative end-of-life scenarios and discusses the significance of the research frame related decisions. The focus is on global warming potential. The paper shows that significant improvements can be achieved through the choice of raw materials and optimal end-of-life. In order to avoid a situation where the results provoke more confusion than develop improved understanding, the LCA results should not be taken as fixed but the LCA should rather be seen as a tool which supports the manufacturer in the formulation of guidelines for product's end-of-life.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationLife cycle assessment of products and technologies
    Subtitle of host publicationLCA Symposium
    Place of PublicationEspoo
    PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
    Pages40-54
    ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-7586-2
    ISBN (Print)978-951-38-7585-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    MoE publication typeNot Eligible
    EventSymposium on Life Cycle Assessment of Products and Technologies, LCA - Espoo, Finland
    Duration: 6 Oct 20096 Oct 2009

    Publication series

    SeriesVTT Symposium
    Number262
    ISSN0357-9387

    Conference

    ConferenceSymposium on Life Cycle Assessment of Products and Technologies, LCA
    CountryFinland
    CityEspoo
    Period6/10/096/10/09

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    Häkkinen, T., & Vares, S. (2009). LCA of beverage cups with special focus on the effect of end-of-life scenarios on the assessment results. In Life cycle assessment of products and technologies: LCA Symposium (pp. 40-54). VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. VTT Symposium, No. 262 http://www.vtt.fi/inf/pdf/symposiums/2009/S262.pdf