Food is produced and processed by millions of farmers and intermediaries globally, with substantial associated environmental costs. Given the heterogeneity of producers, what is the best way to reduce food's environmental impacts? Poore and Nemecek consolidated data on the multiple environmental impacts of ∼38,000 farms producing 40 different agricultural goods around the world in a meta-analysis comparing various types of food production systems.
In the United States, the healthcare market for reusable textiles is 20% compared to the 80% market share held by single-use disposables. And, there are 50 salespeople representing disposables for each salesperson selling reusable textile products. The American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA) is working with its members to change this situation. With a mission to create greater awareness and appreciation for reusable textiles, ARTA strives to provide its members with data and marketing resources that help make the case for reusable textiles.
Assa Abloy has announced the company’s latest Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is for the Pemko Silicone Adhesive Smoke and Fire Gasket product line, which includes the Pemko S44, S77, S88, S442, S771, S771x6, S772, S773 and S776.
ISKO, a Turkish fabric producer, continues to push forward its Responsible Innovation strategy by becoming a signatory member of ZDHC foundation, as its first and only Turkish contributor. ISKO is now joining forces with other 94 ZDHC contributors, a list including brands, value chain affiliates and associates, to protect consumers, workers and the environment.
Variable speed drives (VSDs) can play a crucial role in helping to optimize the sustainability of a variety of industrial processes that use electric motors. They can increase energy efficiency, improve productivity and boost performance. However, it is important to examine a VSD’s environmental impact from cradle to grave, especially when it comes to the end of its useful service life. One of the ways that ABB approaches this is through a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).
In a move designed to help boost its understanding of the impacts involved in its supply chain, Turkey-based denima manufacturing giant Isko has worked to obtain Life Cycle Assessments of all 25,000 + of its denim products.
BillerudKorsnäs has launched what it describes as its first packaging with a climate-positive impact. D-Sack, the dissolvable sack for cement and other construction materials, disintegrates in a conventional mixer and the bio-based carbon in the paper is captured in the construction itself. In a life cycle assessment conducted by IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, D-Sack proves to capture CO2 over a one hundred-year perspective, meaning that it is climate positive.
In the face of limited funding to address massive infrastructure needs, and with climate action at top of mind, it is more important than ever for engineers, designers, and policy makers to understand the full economic and environmental costs of infrastructure project decisions — and not just impacts relating to material choice or from initial construction, but the impacts of choices across the entire life cycle of a project.
Numerous studies have tackled the future environmental impact of battery-electric vehicles; the resulting assessments are highly uncertain. Now, a team of researchers at the Paul Scherrer Institut in Switzerland, with colleagues at Leiden University (Netherlands) and PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency have used Monte Carlo and global sensitivity analysis to quantify parametric uncertainty of the impacts. They also included two additional factors that have not yet been addressed in the field, they said.