|The FEVE Life Cycle Assessment for container glass|
The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a tool to measure, assess and orient improvements in the environmental performance and impact of a product from raw materials through to production, use, and end-of-life phases.
Cradle to Cradle
The FEVE study is a full Life Cycle Assessment from Cradle-to-Cradle for one kg of formed and finished glass ready to use, enabling us to meaningfully estimate the overall environmental impact at the level of a single bottle.
Cradle-to-Cradle is the ultimate test in assessing the environmental impact of a product because it ensures that all aspects of a product’s life, end-of-life and reincarnation are accounted for. Only the Cradle-to-Cradle scenario tells the whole story for products because it is the only methodology which properly accounts for reuse and closed loop recycling.
However, sustainability is about the entire product not just the packaging, which is a delivery system to support demand for actual products. It does not exist for its own end and therefore it cannot be considered in isolation. The FEVE Life Cycle Inventory can thus be used as background input data for overall life cycle assessments of products packed in glass.
Here below you can find the link to the access page to FEVE LCI excluding the 'reuse' phase. This will allow customers to complete their own products' scenarios.
This is important because from reuse and the closed loop recycling process come new, identical products (e.g. glass bottles from collected glass bottles), meaning no downcycling. Downcycling into other applications ultimately means it will be lost forever from the closed loop system.
Life Cycle Inventory - Data availability
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