Preventing environmental impacts of food products by packaging

Juha-Matti Katajajuuri, Kaisa Grönman, Terhen Järvi-Kääriäinen, Heta-Kaisa Koivupuro, Mika Kuisma, Olli Miettinen, Pauliina Nurmi, Margareetta Ollila, Marja Pitkänen, Frans Silvenius, Risto Soukka, Rabbe Thun, Helena Wessman

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Abstract

A toolbox is being developed in the FutupackEKO2010 project to support packaging and product designers, when assessing environmental impacts of the entire value chain of the food product. One main rationale of the project is to minimise environmental impacts of food products by suitable packaging. The primary aim of the project is to find packaging solutions that will decrease the total environmental impacts of packed products without compromising on other basic functions of the packaging. Environmental impacts of three food products (bread, ham, Soygurt drink) and corresponding packaging alternatives and their recovery options are assessed by LCA in separate case studies. One unique element within these case studies is a consumer survey on the amounts of food waste of the selected product groups generated at households, as a function of different sizes of packaging. The results of our study show that the amount of foodwaste can be a dominating factor when comparing environmental impacts of different food packaging solutions
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings
Subtitle of host publicationVII International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-Food Sector, LCA Food 2010
Pages507-512
Volume1
ISBN (Electronic)978-88-88793-29-0
Publication statusPublished - 2010
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventLCA Food 2010. VII International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-Food Sector - Bari, Italy
Duration: 22 Sep 201024 Sep 2010

Conference

ConferenceLCA Food 2010. VII International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-Food Sector
Abbreviated titleLCA Food 2010
CountryItaly
CityBari
Period22/09/1024/09/10

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Keywords

  • LCA
  • food
  • packaging
  • waste
  • prevention

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Katajajuuri, J-M., Grönman, K., Järvi-Kääriäinen, T., Koivupuro, H-K., Kuisma, M., Miettinen, O., Nurmi, P., Ollila, M., Pitkänen, M., Silvenius, F., Soukka, R., Thun, R., & Wessman, H. (2010). Preventing environmental impacts of food products by packaging. In Proceedings: VII International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-Food Sector, LCA Food 2010 (Vol. 1, pp. 507-512)