Ever stop to think about the entire process performed to allow the products used in your daily life to reach your hands? It could be said that each product has a story.
The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) analyzes the potential environmental impacts throughout the life cycle of a product or service, from the extraction of raw materials to final disposal.
Since 2005, Braskem has used the LCA methodology for assessing aspects related to sustainability in its value chain. When comparing different products or usage scenarios, it can be concluded that the alternative presents a more sustainable profile – which ensures materials that support decisions regarding the business.
Vitopaper® (plastic-based paper): the study compares the use of bio-oriented polypropylene (BOPP) film and coated paper. The LCA showed that climate change impact of Vitopaper®, for example, is 30% lower than that of coated paper.
Surgical kits: a comparative study of kits used in surgical procedures. When comparing cotton (reusable) and nonwoven polypropylene (disposable) cloth, the second alternative showed better environmental performance by reducing, for example, water consumption by at least 80%.
Braskem acts in the value chain and has stood out for the creation of the Brazilian LCA Business Network, a forum that brings together companies in a voluntary initiative to discuss the concept of LCA and disseminate good practices in the application of the tool in the business environment.
By the end of 2014, twenty companies participated in the Brazilian LCA Network: BASF, Braskem, O Boticário, Danone, Duratex, Embraer, Embrapa, GE, Klabin, Natura, Odebrecht, Oxiteno, Pepsico, Petrobras, Raízen, Tetra Pak, Vale, Volkswagen, Votorantim Cimentos, and 3M.
The Brazilian Business Council for Sustainable Development (CEBDS) took over the coordination of the Brazilian LCA Network in 2014.
Check out how the Life Cycle Assessment behaves and how it investigates the footprints left by each product.
A product’s sustainability is not determined by its renewable source, but rather by its environmental performance from start to finish. Fossil materials that are lightweight, efficient and durable in use, in addition to being locally produced and easy to recycle, may have less impact on various aspects or purposes. This is the case of plastics. Pay attention to this history!