Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
In 2009, Bio-Vert engaged in the long-term process of evaluating the environmental impacts of each of its products. Referred to as Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), it renders possible quantifying impacts and determining the life cycle phases of a product that can be improved. A thorough and detailed LCA requires a considerable time investment and extensive data collection. As a result, for starters, we are focusing on a simplified LCA of our product containers. This study is being carried out in tandem with the CIRAIG Interuniversity Research Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services, which groups together world renowned experts.
Among our products, the 2L refill bag has the most environmental impact, despite being made of several layers of plastic that cannot be recycled in existing installations in North America. Why is this?
- Once empty, refill bags take far less space than plastic bottles. It would take 13 trucks to carry as many empty bottles as one truckload of empty refill bags. Transportation of refill bags emits 92% less GHG than that of empty bottles.
- A refill bag requires 64% less plastic, compared to a bottle of the same size. A consumer who buys a refill bag rather than 6 or 7 bottles 300 ml, reduces plastic consumption by 87 %!
To learn more about Life Cycle Assessment, visit CIRAIG online.