We usually talk about concepts such as programmed obsolescence, which we have already talked about here, or the useful life of a product, its stage of use …etc. All these concepts are actually emphasizing the issue of resource optimization and its consequences which above any other consideration highlights the environmental impact of that product. This impact is quantified through the analysis of the product’s life cycle, LCA for its initials.
In this sense, Ekohunters as a company involved in sustainability and social and industrial change towards models based on the circular economy and ecodesign, advocates this strategy (From cradle to cradle). We consider this to be the best and most optimal strategy as it seeks to take advantage of the resources already on the market by re-introducing them through recycling and reuse. This is a boost for the so necessary sustainability, contributing to the fight for the maintenance and conservation of the ecosystems that are in serious danger due to a wrong consumption model, besides being a very useful instrument against global warming and climate change.
The methodology of product life cycle analysis is an assimilated method when valuing the product and its environmental benefits and sustainability in green purchasing procedures aimed, for example, at large companies that must emphasize sustainability as a cross-cutting policy of the company or the obligation of the administration when making their purchases to take into account these parameters of sustainability.
This method is especially relevant when we try to measure the magnitudes in which a product is located with respect to its carbon footprint (its contributions to global warming) or its environmental footprint (contributions of the product’s life cycle to the environmental vectors… atmosphere, soil, biodiversity…) respectively.
In this sense, this tool becomes fundamental in the elaboration of the «Environmental Product Declarations», the certification that provides the most relevant environmental information of its impacts throughout its life cycle, a key information for the decision making about materials, products or services in general
In short, we are dealing with a method, the product life cycle analysis (LCA), which is a fundamental tool for providing information to the public and private sectors involved in decision making regarding environmental improvement. In turn, all this information can and should serve to provide citizens with complete information for making decisions on their consumption and life with the aim of raising awareness about the sustainability of the market and society in general.