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Life Cycle Assessment of Plastic Bag Production
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The main focus of this report is to establish a comparative study of traditional and

biodegradable vest-plastic bag production through the utilization of a life cycle assessment

(LCA) approach. The measurements were made for the Ukrainian limited liability company

“Polymer”, as a representative manufacturer, in order to calculate the environmental impact

of plastic bag manufacturing, and identify the more environmental friendly item.

This research is based on a literature review of the special characteristics of life

cycle assessment and its methods and methodologies, a field study, which included two

semi-structure interviews, and measurements and comparison of the harmfulness of

traditional and biodegradable bag production. The software SimaPro 7.3.2 and IMACT

2002+ method were chosen in order to accomplish the research purpose.

The results of the study show that traditional vest-bags produced by the researched

enterprise are less environmentally friendly. Their production process has a bigger impact

on environment and human health than that of the biodegradable bags. Moreover, a list of

recommendations for possible improvements was developed based on the results of the

research. It was sent to the directors of LLC “Polymer” as a suggestion for creating a

“green strategy” of further development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Keyword [en]
life cycle assessment, environmental impact, sustainable development
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-179846OAI: diva2:546648
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2012-05-28, Norrland, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 09:34 (English)
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2012-08-24 Created: 2012-08-24 Last updated: 2012-08-24Bibliographically approved

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