Natuur & Milieu supports the LCA method
Stichting Natuur & Milieu (Nature & Environment Foundation) is an important NGO partner of The LCA Centre. Together with this NGO we have developed the laboratory and LCA method for calculating the environmental impact of packaging and disposable items. Natuur & Milieu fully supports our method.
Stichting Natuur & Milieu’s support is of great value to The LCA Centre. In 2015 we jointly developed the Eco Rating® system which was then applied to a customer’s range of products labelled under the Bright® brand.
The Eco Rating®
The Eco Rating is a simple system for evaluating the environmental impact of like-functionality products in a specific product category. By awarding products a Star rating on a scale of 0 to 5 Stars we clearly demonstrate the results of our comparative LCA study. The more stars, the lower the environmental impact of a packaging or disposable.
We determine the Eco Rating with the help of the LCA method. During a Life Cycle Assessment we look at a product’s entire life cycle; from the extraction of the raw material, manufacturing, transportation and use through to its end-of-life. We assess 19 environmental impact indicators, such as energy usage, water usage, acidification, smog, radiation and other emissions.
After an extensive LCA study the range of Bright® brand disposables were compiled with a conscious selection of materials that have a lower impact on our environment. All the Bright® plates, bowls, drinks cups, straws and stirrers qualify for at least three Eco Rating stars. This shows that the Bright® products deliver a measurably lower pressure on the environment.
By applying the Eco Rating system to the Bright® disposables we create clarity regarding the precise environmental impact of these products. The Eco Rating is shown very clearly on the packaging of the Bright® products. This helps the consumer make responsible choices. The suppliers of Bright® products include Depa Disposables B.V. and Paardekooper Verpakkingen BV, both of which are part of the PACOMBI GROUP.
What is Natuur & Milieu?
Natuur & Milieu is an independent NGO devoted to achieving a sustainable and healthy world. Together with companies, authorities and organisations the Foundation works on practical and relevant solutions in the field of healthy food, clean energy and clever mobility. Stichting Natuur & Milieu supports creative projects and campaigns that are striving for the same goal. The LCA method is such a project.