an environmental analysis of reusable and disposable


More reusable nappies were assumed to be used per day than disposable nappies due to the nature of the nappies 3 2 Variability in washing practices for home-washed reusable nappies Previous studies have generally applied "average values" for washing and drying practices for home-washed reusable nappies for example assuming a certain percentage of nappies were tumble-dried [2-4] While

The Cost and Environmental Benefits of Using Reusable Food

The Cost and Environmental Benefits of Using Reusable Food Ware in Schools • October 2014 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency 3 Introduction: Goal of the project Two Minnetonka middle schools in coordination with TonkaGreen (the parent volunteer organization) received a grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's (MPCA) Environmental Assistance Grant Program to switch from

What's Better for the Environment Disposable or

Reusable ware has a substantially lower impact on the environment than single-use ware whether the reusable is made of plastic stainless steel or ceramic According to one study a ceramic cup (which requires the most energy to make among other reusable kinds) "beats" a paper cup after 18 uses and a foam cup after 70 in terms of energy consumption As for using water for washing

Reusable plastic boxes generate less environmental impact

Reusable plastic boxes generate 25% less environmental impact than disposable cardboard boxes in the distribution of fruit and vegetables in Spain This is the case in five of the six categories of environmental impact analysed by the comparative study of the different options for distribution of fruit and vegetables in Spain by Life Cycle Analysis (LCA)


The reusable mop was used cleaned dried and transported 20 miles to an incineration facility Cleaning of the reusable mop included the use of a washing machine and both detergent and bleach For the Advantex Single-use Mop it was assumed that 93% of the chemistry was delivered to the floor The reusable mop was assumed that 40% of the chemistry was delivered to the floor

Facility arrangements and the environmental performance

This paper integrates two complementary life cycle assessment (LCA) studies with the aim to advice facility managers on the sustainable use of cups either disposable or reusable Study 1 compares three disposable cups i e made from fossil-based polystyrene (PS) biobased and compostable plastic (polylactic acid PLA) and paper lined with PLA (biopaper)

Comparative Study on Environmental Impacts of

The analysis shows that the materials used for the cleaning operations of the reusable scopes are a key factor affecting the impact factors assessed energy consumption emission of CO 2 -equivalent and consumption of scarce resources Initially it is assumed that each reusable scope is cleaned using one set of personal protective equipment (PPE) per cleaning operation but since cleaning

Study: Reusable Isolation Gowns are 'Greener'

With the reusable gowns a cradle to end-of-life analysis was done on 16 7 new gowns that were laundered for 60 cycles while 1 000 disposable gowns were subjected to a similar analysis of their environmental impact Two gowns that are representative of the market were used: a 240 g woven polyethylene terephthalate (PET) reusable gown and a 63 g nonwoven polypropylene (PP) disposable

Cost and Waste Comparison of Reusable and Disposable

For the reusable containers a reverse logistical system to collect the return components was hypothesised by using the network analysis tool of the geographic information system (GIS) Results show that the use of a reusable system which assures a production with less waste and less environmental pressures is also economically advantageous Reusable containers involve an initial

The Economic and Environmental Benefits of Reusable

In 2004 the RPA conducted a Life Cycle Analysis study with Franklin Associates to measure the environmental impacts of reusable containers versus the existing expendable system in the produce market Ten fresh produce applications were analyzed and the results showed that reusable packaging on average required 39% less total energy produced 95% less solid waste and generated 29% less

Reusable vs Disposable Bags: What's Better

THE ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS: DISPOSABLE VS REUSABLE How do these different types of bags stack up? A lifecycle analysis study conducted by the UK government that assessed the life cycle of these various types of bags provides some of the best data we have In this study they assessed the following aspects of each bag's life: Extraction and production of raw materials The production process

Environmental impacts of disposable cups and reusable

There has over the years been an increasing and much-needed discussion on the environmental friendliness of disposable cups We are in this blog post going to compare paper cups reusable plastic cups and ceramics cups to see their individual effect on the environment and which circumstances each cup is best suited for We are primarily going to focus on the energy used to create each type of

Assessment of the differing environmental impacts between

Assessment of the differing environmental impacts between reusable and disposable diapers Jelena Meseldzija Danijela Poznanovic Richard Frank Dufferin Research (November 2013) Introduction In recent years there has been a growing awareness of the many environmental problems that exist such as global warming ozone depletion water and air pollution excessive resource consumption and

Environmental considerations in the selection of

This analysis combined with agreement of previous partial life cycle studies of other medical textiles makes it absolutely clear that the environmental benefit of reusable isolation gowns is significant 10 11 12 The environmental improvements have been quantified herein and can be used by healthcare facilities for their achievements in sustainability programs


ENVIRONMENTAL LIFE-CYCLE ANALYSIS OF SINGLE-USE AND REUSABLE MOPS Richard Venditti Elis and Signe Olsson Professor Department of Forest Biomaterials North Carolina State University Room 1204 Pulp and Paper Labs Raleigh NC 27695-8005 This report summarizes the findings of an environmental impact analysis of two types of mops the Advantex Single-use Microfiber Mop (disposable

Life Cycle Environmental and Cost Analysis of Disposable

Life Cycle Environmental and Cost Analysis of Disposable and Reusable Ware in School Cafeteria Sponsors: The School Nutrition Foundation contracted with Franklin Associates a consulting firm that provides life cycle analysis and solid waste management advice to design collect data and analyze the information related to this project

Valuing the Disposable Cup

disposable products are sanitation cost and foremost convenience (Durocher 1982 Grishchenko 2007) Keeping it Clean Sanitation was the initial reason for the proliferation of the disposable cup and it remains an important factor today Disposables are exposed to high heat in the manufacturing process killing bacteria and

Report for KeepCup Reusable coffee cups life cycle

Report for KeepCup Reusable coffee cups life cycle assessment and benchmark 22 August 2018 Project Delivered for: Lou Dyer - Supply Chain KeepCup 72 Westgarth Street Fitzroy VIC 3065 Australia 0422 919 166 - loukeepcup Project Delivered by: Jonas Bengtsson - CEO Edge Environment Level 5 39 East Esplanade Manly NSW 2095 AUSTRALIA 02 9438 0100 -

The impact on life cycle carbon footprint of converting

Background Sustainable purchasing can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at healthcare facilities (HCF) A previous study found that converting from disposable to reusable sharps containers (DSC RSC) reduced sharps waste stream GHG by 84% but found transport distances impacted significantly on GHG outcomes and recommended further studies where transport distances are large

A comparative carbon footprint analysis of disposable

This study lends support to the supposition that disposable medical equipment items have a more negative impact on the environment than reusable alternatives The vaginal speculum is a ubiquitous instrument in healthcare that is used in primary care and obstetrics/gynecology settings for general examinations and surgical and diagnostic procedures

Life Cycle Assessment of Disposable and Reusable Nappies

Life Cycle Assessment of Disposable and Reusable Nappies in the UK 3 Foreword Even though we now recycle nearly 18 % of our 25 million tonnes of waste we still landfill the majority of the remaining waste We need to continue with the programme of actions to deliver much greater recovery and reuse of these materials As we re-examine the impacts of what we produce and the waste we

Carbon Footprint in Flexible Ureteroscopy: A Comparative

Carbon Footprint in Flexible Ureteroscopy: A Comparative Study on the Environmental Impact of Reusable and Single-Use Ureteroscopes Davis NF(1) McGrath S(1) Quinlan M(1) Jack G(1) Lawrentschuk N(1) Bolton DM(1) Author information: (1)Department of Urology Austin Hospital Melbourne Australia PURPOSE: There are no comparative assessments on the environmental

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