Food Packaging – Life Cycle Assessment

According to an article in the May 2020 issue of Food Technology Magazine or “… Life cycle assessments (LCAs) quantify environmental impact. For the food industry, packaging LCAs are commonly combined with food LCAs to provide a more complete picture of the impact that packaged food has on the environment … LCAs demonstrate the comparative environmental impact of packaging alternatives … System LCAs assess the environmental impact of different packaging solutions … LCA determinations … [are] defined in two standards: ISO 14040 and ISO 14044 … The LCA might not determine the full environmental impact if its scope is too narrow … A wide scope (i.e., from extraction of raw materials to disposal … captures more of the total environmental impact while narrowly defined LCAs are inherently biased … The final stage of an LCA is interpretation to identify significant issues, address data sensitivity and consistency, make recommendations, and conduct a critical review to assess the process and inherent bias … Due to comparison challenges for LCA studies conducted with different scopes, accuracy can vary …” #FoodPackaging #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic