Helping Lucite understand the environmental impacts of plastics

Plastics producer Lucite wanted to understand its environmental impacts, triggered by a request from a plastics industry association for data on two types of plastics Lucite makes. A life cycle assessment with SimaPro gave them this insight and helped to suggest improvements.

Grabbing hold of a sustainability opportunity

Sometimes, the right opportunity just comes along for a business to take the next step into sustainability. In the case of Lucite, a large plastics manufacturer, they made excellent use of it. The industry association Plastics Europe requested Lucite to provide inventory data about two types of plastics Lucite produces. Lucite took the opportunity to do a full life cycle inventory for these products and to create their environmental profiles.

Meeting strict data requirements with SimaPro

SimaPro was used to model the product life cycles of MMA and PMMA, the two types of plastic in question.

This resulted in a transparent and accurate dataset that meets the strict requirements in the ISO 14040/44 standards and makes it possible to consolidate Lucite’s data with that of other companies.

This approach has the additional benefits of automation: new data can automatically be imported, and reports can automatically be generated. To find out more about this approach and its benefits, please download the full case study.

"At Steelcase, we have been using SimaPro since we started to perform LCAs, about ten years ago. We use SimaPro both to support our eco-design strategy and to create our Environmental Products Declarations (EPDs). Especially both its robustness, its flexibility and the support provided by the developer, PRé Sustainability, are the reasons why SimaPro is the best option for us. We have never been disappointed."

Sébastien Zinck - Manager, Eco-design and Life-Cycle Assessment at Steelcase

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