Metrics, standards, and LCA

Articles in this category provide details on some of the metrics and standards that have been developed to measure and evaluate sustainable packaging, as well as life-cycle analysis (LCA).

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  • CalcuLess™ Environmental Impact Analyzer

    The CalcuLess™ Environmental Impact Analyzer, from The ULS (Use Less Stuff) Report, is a free, Web-accessible tool that generates a simplified analysis of the greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, and solid waste created by a particular package.

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  • The Sustainable Packaging Alliance (SPA)

    In Australia, the Sustainable Packaging Alliance (SPA) aims to be an international focal point for knowledge, tools, and expertise that facilitate continuous improvement in the environmental performance and sustainability of packaging systems. The SPA has developed its Web-based Packaging Impact Quick Evaluation Tool (PIQET). This scientifically based tool was designed to enable total life-cycle evaluations of packaging design.

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  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator is designed to enable public- and private-sector organizations and individuals to quickly and easily translate greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions into terms that are easy to understand. Applications of this calculator might include developing a GHG-reduction strategy, communicating reduction targets to the public or stakeholders, and supporting other initiatives aimed at reducing GHG emissions.

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  • The U.S. Life-Cycle Inventory (LCI) Database

    The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and its partners created the U.S. Life-Cycle Inventory (LCI) Database to help life-cycle assessment (LCA) experts answer their questions about environmental impact. This database provides a cradle-to-grave accounting of the energy and material flows into and out of the environment that are associated with producing a material, component, or assembly. It's an online storeroom of data collected on commonly used materials, products, and processes.

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  • FTC Guidelines for environmental marketing claims

    These guides represent administrative interpretations of laws administered by the Federal Trade Commission for the guidance of the public in conducting its affairs in conformity with legal requirements. These guides specifically address the application of Section 5 of the FTC Act to environmental advertising and marketing practices. They provide the basis for voluntary compliance with such laws by members of industry.

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