LCA of Packed Food Products

Posted by Pauline Johner
Contact: 
ESU Services, Switzerland
Type: 
Full LCA available on the web
Comparative: 
no
Publication year: 
2008
Language: 
English
Code: 
Package/Container (not paper specific)
Code: 
Food, Plants
Product: 
Packed Food Products: Coffee, Deep Frozen Spinach, Butter
Quality and sources
Is the study a: 
Quick LCA
Sponsor name(s): 
ESU Services
Sponsor type: 
Company
Summary
Goal and scope of the summary: 
The three main targets of this study are: • the investigation of the environmental performance of flexible packaging with re- spect to its function within the life cycle of goods, i.e. within the supply chain and consumption of goods, • the investigation of the role of flexible packaging in view of resource efficiency and prevention of spoilage of packed goods, and • the investigation of the environmental relevance of stages and interdependencies within the life cycle of goods while taking consumers’ patterns and portion sizes into consideration.


The three main targets of this study are:
the investigation of the environmental performance of flexible packaging with re- spect to its function within the life cycle of goods, i.e. within the supply chain and consumption of goods,
the investigation of the role of flexible packaging in view of resource efficiency and prevention of spoilage of packed goods, and
the investigation of the environmental relevance of stages and interdependencies within the life cycle of goods while taking consumers’ patterns and portion sizes into consideration.
Three case studies were chosen to represent different types of flexible packaging as well as a range of products. These case studies are:
Ground and instant coffee in pouches and stick-packs made of plastic laminate with an aluminium foil layer as a barrier
Frozen spinach leaves in a mono-plastic bag
A family and single portion pack of butter wrapped in a laminate with an aluminium foil layer 
The results of this study are calculated for eight environmental indicators based on the CML 2001 method.
The main impact assessment and discussion is based on five indicators which are:  Cumulative energy demand (CED), non-renewable (MJ eq.)  Global warming (kg COeq.)  Ozone layer depletion (ODP) (kg CFC-11 eq.)



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