Life Cycle Assesment

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Make better-informed decisions with our Life Cycle Assessment rating.

What is LCA?

Life Cycle Assessment or LCA is a ‘cradle-to-grave’ approach for evaluating the environmental impacts of a product through all the stages of its life cycle, from how materials are sourced and created to how the products are disposed of. By showing you the results of our LCA, Our Source helps you make more informed decisions to support a sustainable lifestyle.

Learn about the different stages in the life cycle below:

Raw Materials/Extraction

We call this the “Cradle.” In this stage, we take into account all raw materials and resources taken from the earth that are needed and utilized in creating the product. We also consider how these materials are brought from their source to the site where they are transformed into the finished product. 

Manufacturing/Packaging

Three steps are involved in this stage: Materials Manufacture, Product Fabrication and Filing/Packing. For this stage, we assess how raw materials are altered into a workable form for fabrication, how the finished product is created, and how the finished product is packaged for shipment. We look into the impact of all these three steps on the environment.

Transportation

The transportation stage is comprised of how the packaged final product is distributed and shipped to all the receivers of the product. This includes shipping to the retail stores to where the product is to be sold and shipping directly to the customer.

Use

As soon as the finished product reaches the consumer, all resources expended and wastes produced by storing, consuming/using, and maintaining the product is examined.

End of Life

Now we’ve reached the “Grave.” Once the finished product has been used or consumed, the consumer then disposes of the product. This stage analyzes the resources and wastes that are consequential to the disposal of the product. Disposal can either be throwing the product into landfill, composting, recycling or upcycling.

 


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