IFCO SYSTEMS, the global leader in Reusable Plastic Containers (RPCs) for fresh products, has announced the expansion of its life cycle assessment research comparing RPCs and display-ready corrugated boxes used to ship fresh produce to grocery retailers. The new study, expected to be published in May, will add human and eco-toxicity impact categories to the areas currently reviewed, which include solid waste, energy demand, water usage and more. The report is being produced by Franklin Associates, a Division of ERG, a leading consulting company specializing in life cycle assessment and solid waste management.
“We fully expect the life cycle analysis of human and eco-toxicity impacts for RPCs to add a layer of information to the analysis. said Hillary Femal, Vice President of Global Marketing for IFCO. “These two impact categories were not evaluated in the life cycle assessment released in 2013 due to the lack of scientific consensus regarding methodology in early 2012 when the study was scoped. However, we would like to expand the analysis to examine these aspects at a relative level using the most widely accepted methodologies and, of course, a thorough peer review of the results.”
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“While the comparisons of human- and eco-toxicity impacts are not as certain as comparative measures for solid waste reduction and other key sustainability indicators, there have recently been updates to methods which bring more scientific consensus in these areas. As a result, we are reviewing these categories to assess the relative contributions which the life cycle of RPCs and corrugated containers have to human and ecosystem toxicity,” said Rebe Feraldi, Franklin Associates’ certified life cycle analysis practitioner and primary analyst for the project.