Environmental impact guide - Ecolean - a lighter approach to packaging

Environmental Impact Guide

Choose your package and learn more about its environmental impact from cradle to gate.

This means the impact from raw materials, production and until the ready-to-fill, pre-converted packages are about to leave the Ecolean gate in Helsingborg, Sweden. Now will their journey to the filling at the customer’s site start.


ECOLEAN® AIR ASEPTIC CLEAR 200ml

weight:
4.5 g
impact categories:
  • AP: 2.46 E-02 g SO2eq
  • EP: 8.14E-03 g PO43-eq
  • POCP: 7.01 E-03 g C2H4eq
  • ODP: 1.50 E-07 g R11eq

GWP9.4gg CO₂ eq/package

Cradle to gate

g CO₂ eq/package

Ecolean production
1.03 g

Raw material
8.37 g



CRADLE TO GATE INCLUDES:

  • Impact from raw material production and transportation
  • Impact from Ecolean production
  • Converting/forming of packages
  • Sterilization of Ecolean® Air Aseptic
  • Ready-to-fill packages at the Ecolean gate


Composition

Polyolefins
97%

Barrier layer
3%

COMPARISON GLOBAL WARMING POTENTIAL g CO2-eq

ECOLEAN® AIR ASEPTIC CLEAR 200ml
9.4 g CO₂ eq/package

1 dl Milk
106 g CO₂ eq

100 g (appr. 2) Eggs
212 g CO₂ eq

100 g Chicken
233 g CO₂ eq

100 g Pork
462 g CO₂ eq

100 g Beef
1523 g CO₂ eq

Method

The results are taken from Ecolean Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for packages for chilled and ambient distribution. The EPDs follow the Product Category Rules (PCR) for 2017-05 Closable Flexible Plastic Packaging v1.0 as well as the principles and procedures of ISO 14025:2006. Ecolean’s EPD documents are independently verified and registered based on verified life-cycle assessment (LCA according ISO 14040 and 14044) data in accordance with the International EPD® System.

The impact from raw materials is equal to the upstream process in the EPDs and include all production processes for raw materials used in the packaging production.

The result for the Ecolean production is equal to the core process as described in the EPD. The result include impact from transportation of raw materials to the Ecolean production site, manufacturing of the ready-to-fill packages, wound on reels. The reels are covered by plastic wrapping and placed on wooden pallets. The core process also include waste treatment for production waste and impacts due to the production of electricity and fuels used in the production process. The production of Ecolean packages (primary packaging) is located in Helsingborg, Sweden.

For full environmental data and more detailed description of the studied system please see the Ecolean Environmental Product Declarations at The International EPD® System website:

Ecolean® Air Aseptic packages for ambient distribution 
Ecolean® Air packages for chilled distribution 

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