Life cycle assessment of bio-based products: a disposable diaper case study
Published on Jun 1, 2013in International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 4.20
· DOI :10.1007/s11367-013-0556-6
Purpose In this study, a life cycle assessment of a bioplastic based diaper was performed. The product has several innovative elements, due to the implementation of eco-design principles, such as: (1) introduction of biopolymers (namely polylactic acid (PLA) and Mater-bi®), (2) relevant reduction of petrochemical plastics, and (3) minimization of energy consumptions and use of renewable energy in manufacturing. The aim of the study is to evaluate the environmental benefits gained through eco-innovation, while identifying further areas of improvement.