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LCA

What is it? What is its purpose?

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Data and results from 2020

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Following good practices

What is the Life Cycle Assessment?

The LCA is an analytical and systematic methodology which evaluates the environmental impact of a product or of a service during its entire life cycle.

The LCA analysis which accompanies all our products represents the result of a simplified calculation of the environmental performance of products.
The objective consists in developing a series of actions aimed at increasing the awareness and know-how of the company concerning the competitive opportunities linked to sustainable management, and inspired by the principles of the “circular economy” of its own activities, the products on offer to the market and its own supply chain.

Our method

The method used to calculate the environmental effects is the new “EF method adapted”; introduced in conjunction with the development of the PEF methodology.
The EF method is the method used to evaluate the impact of the European Commission initiative “Environmental Footprint”; the term “adapted” is used to indicate a version compatible with the data sets already present in the software SimaPro.

The data

It has been decided not to include in the study the data related to the green HDPE “Braskem”, polyethylenes produced from sugar cane, as they are derived from an LCA analysis not in line with the indications of the material standards regarding materials with “green” components.

From the analysis in question, in fact, there appear to be positive impacts (negative values) associated with green HDPE, derived from:
a) CO2 credits associated with the growth of sugar cane;
b) credits associated with the production of electricity from the combustion of waste products arising from the processing of sugar cane;
c) the study of the end-of-life phase was not included.

It is correct to say that the CO2 is absorbed by the plant in its growth phase, but the amounts of CO2 absorbed are entirely re-emitted into the atmosphere during the end-of-life phase, therefore balancing out the initial credit.

The expectations/demands of consumers

Reduction of the use of plastic has been a generator of public debate

Citizens and environmental awareness

From theory to practice: how Italians behave

sostenibilita_80
0 %
of Italians state that they fear being on the verge of an environmental disaster
sostenibilita_72
0 %
of Italians believe that they have personally contributed to the islands of trash in the oceans

From theory to practice: how Italians behave

0 %
consider themselves open to adopting
more attentive behaviour
0 %
declare having adopted regular
sustainable habits
0 %
are indifferent

0 %
are sceptical

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Companies and environmental sustainability

From theory to practice: how Italians behave
0 %
think that it is a very serious problem
0 %
consider it “only” a problem that exists
0 %
do not consider it a cause for concern
0 %
consider the debate a result of pointless alarmism
0 %
did not respond
sostenibilita_52
0 %
of Italians declare a wish to find brands that allow them to make a difference in the world
sostenibilita_39
0 %
of Italians believe that companies have a duty to find a solution to reduce the materials used for packaging

What consumers are prepared to do

What companies should do, according to Italians

What consumers are prepared to do

0 %
spend an extra amount on a product or service offered by a company that has set up rigorous and reliable environmental policies
0 %
buy goods produced from recycled materials
0 %
reuse single-use goods
0 %
stop purchasing goods packed in non-recyclable packagings

What companies should do, according to Italians

0 %
reduce emissions and the environmental impact
0 %
be attentive to the working conditions of their own employees
0 %
improve the quality of services/products to benefit consumers
0 %
invest in research & development, and innovation

What consumers are prepared to do

0 %
spend an extra amount on a product or service offered by a company that has set up rigorous and reliable environmental policies
0 %
buy goods produced from recycled materials
0 %
reuse single-use goods
0 %
stop purchasing goods packed in non-recyclable packagings

What companies should do, according to Italians

0 %
reduce emissions and the environmental impact
0 %
be attentive to the working conditions of their own employees
0 %
improve the quality of services/products to benefit consumers
0 %
invest in research & development, and innovation


Source: Human Highway for Cosmetica Italia, 2017

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Good practices for recycling

3 Simple rules to follow for good refuse collection and sorting:

Wash the containers well to eliminate every trace of residue.

Remove paper labels to dispose of them separately.

Reduce the size: Space has a cost, both in transport and in recovery processes. Remember to crush packaging lengthwise and not on the short side, otherwise they will not be picked out by optical readers.

What happens afterwards?

The plastic collected by consumers and companies is selected by the type of plastic and colour.

Plastic collected in this way is ground up and undergoes various cleaning processes.

Then we proceed to the separation of the broken-up plastic.

A drying phase follows.

At this point the post-consumer packaging has been transformed into a secondary raw material (MPS), which can be inserted into a new productive process.

3 Simple rules to follow for good refuse collection and sorting:

Clean bottles and jars from any residue that may be present and remove labels or caps.

Before inserting the glass containers into the recycling bin, it is important to remove the plastic bags used to transport them.

Pyrex and crystal go into the regular trash.

What happens afterwards?

The glass is collected through the refuse sorting process and is separated from foreign bodies such as ceramics.

Subsequently it is taken to appropriate specialized treatment centres, in which the operations of selection and grounding up are carried out.

After the different processing phases, we obtain the secondary raw material (MPS).

At this point, the broken glass is melted down at 1500° in the glassworks ovens and transferred to the appropriate moulds.

After cooling, the product is packaged and re-sold to the companies.

3 Simple rules to follow for good refuse collection and sorting:

Aluminium is (almost) never collected alone, but always with plastic and/or glass.

For the purposes of recycling it is not necessary to rinse or wash the aluminium containers. It is enough to effectively remove food residue.

Aluminium is precious even in smaller components; for example the caps of water, wine and liquor bottles, and jam jars, or even the tops of yoghurt cartons, are collected and recovered.

What happens afterwards?

All the scraps collected undergo an initial selection process which permits the separation of aluminium from other metals or from materials of a different type (glass, plastic, etc.).

Aluminium scraps are compressed into spheres, then sent to the foundries and subjected to a further quality inspection.

They then undergo a pre-treatment phase at approximately 500°C to eliminate any foreign substances that may be present, before reaching the melting phase proper, which takes place at approximately 700°C.

The liquid aluminium is then transformed into ingots and slabs intended for the production of semi-finished and new aluminium products, including packaging.

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