Modelling the impacts of cleaning products for A.I.S.E.

The International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products (A.I.S.E.) wanted to determine a set of minimum criteria for products to meet to be considered sustainable. Sustainability consultants with PRé Sustainability used SimaPro to model the life cycles of a range of cleaning products.

Creating clarity in a huge industry

The cleaning industry is enormous, and there are thousands of cleaning products to choose from. As part of a large project, the Charter for Sustainable Cleaning, A.I.S.E. is investing in developing advanced sustainability profiles (ASPs) that signal to customers whether a product meets certain sustainability criteria.

Since A.I.S.E. is an industry association, not a manufacturer, it was important to build engagement among stakeholders to provide the required data.

Finding hotspots and enabling comparisons

SimaPro LCAs were used to determine the impacts of a wide range of products and to find their environmental hotspots. The transparent methods in SimaPro made it possible to compare products against a reference case, allowing manufacturers to see how their products compared with their competitors’. Because the criteria in the ASPs were carefully chosen, A.I.S.E. now has a solid basis to communicate to its members which performance criteria are most important. And customers benefit by being able to see a succinct summary of a cleaning product’s impact.

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"We have been using SimaPro for over a decade now. Currently as a server application, which is much more convenient when you have several users. We often need to go deep into the inventory to see where specific impacts come from, with SimaPro this is possible. Also working with parameters makes SimaPro extra valuable."

Tom Ligthart - LCA and sustainability expert at a scientific research institute

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