product environmental impact Articles

  • Environmental impact assessment of bathroom products

    It has been recognised worldwide that previous patterns of industrial production have been causing resource depletion and waste accumulation. To address the issue, not only the selection of materials, but also the cycle of stages in the life of a product, are subject to scrutiny. These stages may include resource extraction, manufacturing, packaging and shipping, use and refurbishment. This paper ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Could incinerating the plastic mountain be an answer?

    Energy from waste has its appeal China’s decision to ban its recycling operations for foreign plastics has suddenly caused a massive problem for the UK government.  Up until recently, Britain has been shipping up to 500,000 tonnes of plastic for recycling in China every year, which is about 25% of our total plastics waste.  Now that trade has ceased and already the problem ...

  • Automated analysis of product disassembly to determine environmental impact

    Manufacturers are increasingly being held responsible for the fate of their products once reaching end-of-life. This research uses disassembly time and re-cyclability to gauge the environmental impact of a product upon disposal, where re-cyclability is the amount of mass recovered when parts are removed from an assembly. A graph-based method of representing product assemblies is suggested, which ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Simplified environmental impact drivers for product life cycle

    The early design stage of product development often has limited information available to designers. The environmental impacts of a products life cycle are widely assessed using life cycle assessment (LCA). Nevertheless, as LCA is a costly and time-consuming method, the previous study shown the development of simplified LCA (SLCA) drivers of the entire product life cycle stages for the conceptual ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental impacts of electronic invoicing

    Climate change threatens ecosystems and health and may cause severe economic impacts. All sectors of society need to act. New solutions based on information and communication technology (ICT) have been proposed to enable action. One possible conversion is from paper invoices to electronic invoices. The aim of this article is to increase current knowledge about the advantages and disadvantages of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The Impact of Environmental Litigation

    Let’s explore the history of toxic substances in our environment from the time we knew that the toxic substances were harmful and lethal to our health. Let us start with asbestos — the most litigated of the hazardous, toxic materials. The Greeks, the earliest users of asbestos 3,000 years ago, considered the value of asbestos almost equal to the value of gold. Chrysotile, the most ...


    By ABCOV Companies , LLC

  • Product environmental footprint in policy and market decisions – applicability and impact assessment

    In April, 2013 the European Commission published the Product and Organisation Environmental Footprint (PEF/OEF) methodology ‐ a life cycle based multi‐criteria measure of the environmental performance of products, services and organizations. With its approach of “comparability over flexibility” the PEF/OEF methodology aims at harmonizing existing methods, while decreasing the flexibility ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Trends in food production and consumption: Swedish experiences from environmental and cultural impacts

    Changes in Swedish food consumption patterns during recent decades are studied, together with some possible future changes of importance for increasing resource efficiency. The increased consumption of meat and a more global food supply have contributed negatively. An increased interface with foreign food cultures through travelling and immigration are the main causes of these consumption ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Problems of energy conservation and environmental impacts of energy production and consumption in Slovakia

    The current situation of the Slovak energy sector and its development since 1990 (Gross Domestic Product, primary energy sources, final energy consumption, energy intensity, electricity intensity, electricity consumption) is presented. A marked dependence on energy imports explains the necessity for energy conservation in Slovakia. Energy intensity in Slovakia is steadily decreasing; still there ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Global environmental impacts of the hydrogen economy

    Hydrogen-based energy systems appear to be an attractive proposition in providing a future replacement for the current fossil-fuel based energy systems. Hydrogen is an important, though little studied, trace component of the atmosphere. It is present at the mixing ratio of about 510 ppb currently and has important man-made and natural sources. Because hydrogen reacts with tropospheric hydroxyl ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Health and environmental impacts of energy systems

    The assessment of health and environmental impacts of energy production has undergone a major evolution in recent years, reflecting progress in the underlying scientific domains. This paper reviews these developments and draws conclusions. The paper begins with a discussion of the relation between purpose and scope of an assessment. The following sections describe the methodology, with particular ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Environmental impact from a sector: production and consumption of energy carriers in Sweden

    Environmental impacts from the Swedish energy sector, including upstream and downstream effects, were investigated using a hybrid IOA-LCA method. Use of abiotic resources, climate change, air pollution and toxic effects were identified as environmental hotspots in the sector. On the production side, power, gas and heat production were found to cause many environmental effects, but impacts abroad ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Model to assess economic impact of hot environments on productivity

    In sectors as mining, smelting or food production, workers are constantly subjected to hot environmental conditions that affect them somehow. In this paper, a quantitative model that aims at relating the effects of such environments on labour productivity is presented. Simultaneously, the proposed model allows the evaluation of the economic balance between the loss of productivity and the energy ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Impact of heavy metals on the oil products biodegradation process

    Oil products continue to be used as a principal source of energy. Wide-scale production, transport, global use and disposal of petroleum have made them major contaminants in prevalence and quantity in the environment. In accidental spills, actions are taken to remove or remediate or recover the contaminants immediately, especially if they occur in environmentally sensitive areas, for example, in ...


    By SAGE Publications

  • Adidas to lower its environmental impact by 15% in 2015

    Latest sustainable report from Adidas looks at seeking more sustainable materials and working closely with suppliers to cut their carbon emissions. Adidas published the Group’s latest sustainability report last week with the overall goal of lowering its environmental impact by 15% by 2015, relative to sales. The Adidas' Environmental Strategy 2015 covers goals such as product design, ...


    By Vital Efficienci Ltd.

  • Perception of environmental impacts in relation to land use

    This paper provides an overview of environmental impacts resulting from land use on a teacher's environmental perception of three surrounding municipalities of a natural conservation area, situated in the northeastern region of Sao Paulo State, Brazil. The most significant environmental impacts and risks resulting from land use are those resulting from deforestation for sugar cane monoculture. ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The environmental impact of changing consumption patterns: a survey

    How does environmental impact change when national income increases? So far, this question has been mainly discussed from the point of view of production, but in recent years several studies have dealt with the question of decoupling from the point of view of consumption. The optimistic subscribers to decoupling argue that, with increasing income, the composition of consumption changes in the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Biochemenergy: a project to turn an urban wastes treatment plant into biorefinery for the production of energy, chemicals and consumer's products with friendly environmental impact

    Urban bio-wastes (UBW) contain soluble bio-organics (SBO) with excellent surfactant properties are proven or expected to perform as bio-based products for use in chemical and environmental technology, in agriculture and in animal husbandry as well as or better than commercial synthetic products. On these basis, UBW are proposed as renewable sources of a wide number of products with potential sale ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The environmental impact of Paques’ technologies: facts & figures

    Sustainability is the talk of the day. But talking is not going to do the trick. Applying biological technologies does. They can really make it work. ...


    By Paques B.V.

  • Sea of Cortez to Salton Sea Environmental Impact on the West

    The Channel is a proposed project, a canal actually, proposed to be built from the Sea of Cortez, Mexico, to, and as far as, Palm Springs, California. It is called a channel, instead of a canal, because that is the legal definition for such a project. The Channel was initially proposed as a military project, throughout the 20's and 30's. This proposal has never been abandoned for all of the U.S. ...

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