Life cycle assessments (LCAs) are cradle-to-grave or cradle-to-cradle analyses that assess the environmental impacts associated with a product’s life cycle. From raw material extraction to materials processing, manufacture, distribution, and use, a life cycle assessment study provides the groundwork for any sustainability or corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy within an organization.
A life cycle impact assessment benefits multiple stakeholders including:
Finally, companies that need to comply with local or global regulations must often disclose the environmental data of their products. An LCA supplies the needed data.
UBQ Materials, a leader in sustainable materials production, has just released a full Life Cycle Assessment Report of UBQ™ material.
To meet the goal of flattening the global temperature rise curve, new end-of-life solutions for human-generated trash is imperative. With landfills now accounting for more than 15 percent of all methane emissions, it’s clear there’s an urgent need to address the global waste crisis.
A new LCA study conducted for UBQ by Switzerland-based sustainability consulting firm Quantis illustrates the climate-positive environmental footprint of turning heretofore unrecyclable municipal solid waste destined for landfills into UBQ material. With a goal of giving UBQ the data points it needed to build a strong sustainability narrative for its stakeholders, the study focused on four key components.
According to Rachel Barr, VP Sustainability at UBQ, Quantis has helped improve a key element of the company’s selling proposition by refining and validating the material’s sustainability proof-points and storyline. She calls them “a true partner” and credits their expertise in environmental sustainability, storytelling, and communications for giving UBQ a clearer and easier way to help clients in their decision-making process.
As part of a global plastic waste recycling initiative, UBQ material provides the final link for a true circular value chain by producing a useful thermoplastic out of landfill-diverted waste. We’re pleased and honored that a respected sustainability consulting firm such as Quantis has designated UBQ material a “sustainable alternative in terms of climate change when compared to the current baseline treatment of waste.”To learn more about UBQ Material and how to introduce biobased materials into your manufacturing process, get in touch with us today.