revolutionizing sustainable product design
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Here\'s how leading companies use LCAs to drive product innovation.
Kraft Food engineers at Kraft Foods hope to find a more practical packaging solution for their salad sauce ---one-
Gallon tank made of high density polyethylene (HPDE)
This is quite standard in the food service industry.
Their research in the commercial food service kitchen shows that operators often have to go out of their way to get dressed, take the time to scrape the interior with a spatula, and even cut off the top of the rigid kettle.
After studying several designs, the engineers proposed a new solution: a lighter, flexible, extruded package made of nylon and polyethylene, labeled with a YES Pack,
The Kraft YES Pack provides 99% of the output per box or a maximum of two additional seasonings, thus reducing product waste.
To evaluate the design against Sustainable Development Goals, Kraft engineers conducted a comprehensive LCA with the help of consultants from PE International, a leading LCA company.
According to this study, significant environmental benefits are installed, requiring a 50% reduction in energy production, the use of plastics below 60%, and a 70% reduction in CO2 emissions, due to less truck transportation, compared to rigid kettle.
Kraft marketing has developed creative ways to convey the benefits of design and tell this greenMarketing story.
The YES Pack allows food service operators to extract most of their products from their packaging, thereby increasing their profitability.
They also conveyed the sustainability benefits of YES Pack to consumers.
Kraft is exploring how to further innovate with LCAs.
\"Sustainable development is no longer an afterthought,\" said Kraft\'s engineer Ryan Portrey . \" He works on the YES Pack.
\"Sustainability is to stay, and we are incorporating it into our R & D mindset through sales and marketing.
We believe that it is our responsibility to think about our customers and our environment.
\"Another innovative case of PumaAnother is the smart little bag of Puma, with reusable non-
Replace the woven bag and cardboard plug-in of the traditional shoe box.
A life cycle assessment was performed by Puma to help select this design from dozens of prototypes, and by using bags, this design shows that the carbon footprint is reduced by 10,000 tons of carbon dioxide.
Puma even released the LCA, which is also performed by PE International, which compares possible design and material selection with existing shoe boxes.
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The same is true of the business sector.
The Merck KGaA Life Sciences Division, empirical mode d Millipore, is committed to reducing the life cycle environmental impact of its products.
Recently launched ech2o™The collection and recycling plan of their laboratory water purification tubes.
To help determine the best disposal method, they executed and released the LCAs (
Here is an example)
With the help of sustainable development consulting firm Pure Strategies.
LCAs showed that although the recycling scenario resulted in a slightly higher carbon footprint for some cartridges, the resulting landfill waste reduction and resource consumption offset the impact of additional transportation.
They hope that these benefits will improve further as the recycling plan expands.
Judging from the success of its laboratory water cycle project, the empirical mode D mode memory Millipore is now piloting
Recycling Plan for disposable products for bio
\"The ech2o laboratory water purification tube recycling program is just one of the many ways we strive to reduce the environmental impact of the product\'s lifecycle,\" said Johanna Jobin, sustainability manager.
\"We understand that this is just an initiative in our sustainability journey and we look forward to working further with our customers on other sustainability solutions.
RUUD lightingincreasingly said that more and more tools can take LCA data upstream, thus affecting designers and engineers.
RUUD Lighting, a division of Cree, for example, uses our company\'s software for screening-
Design level for its better lighting equipment in the design stage.
Driven by customer needs and marketing requirements, they decided that the material impact of their lighting solution was negligible compared to the use
Especially compared with traditional lighting, phase energy saving.
Brian Kinnune, engineering manager at RUUD lighting, told us: \"Our job is to make lighting products that are both economical and sustainable . \".
\"SolidWorks®Sustainability software is helping us document our achievements and develop greener products in the future.
This is good for our business and good for the Earth.
\"Just as quality assurance is no longer a difference, it\'s a future for a must-have product design --
Environmental Life Cycle Assessment will become a de facto standard-
If there is no prescribed standard-
Ten years later, designers will not consider these examples of sustainable product design. -
They will think it is obvious and wonder why we are not designed to be sustainable.
Asheen Phansey is the North American leader in sustainable development of Dassault Systems®Sustainable product manager at SolidWorks®Brand.
He also teaches sustainable business courses as a part-time professor of the Babson College MBA program.
Dassault systems are the world leader in product lifecycle management (PLM)
Provide solutions that enable businesses of all sizes and industries to design, simulate and experience future products.
You can learn more about sustainable design tools from DS SolidWorks on www. solidworks.
Com/sustainability, or reach Asheen in Asheen. Phansey@3ds. com.