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The influence of packaging attributes on recycling and food waste behaviour – An environmental comparison of two packaging alternatives
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences.
Karlstad University, Faculty of Health, Science and Technology (starting 2013), Department of Engineering and Chemical Sciences. (Miljö och Energi)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6293-8657
2016 (English)In: Journal of Cleaner Production, ISSN 0959-6526, E-ISSN 1879-1786, Vol. 137, 895-902 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper analyses how user behaviour influences the environmental comparison of two different packages for minced meat - a lightweight tube and a tray. The direct and indirect environmental effects are evaluated using simplified LCA. A number of packaging attributes with regard to food waste and recycling behaviour are analysed for the packages, and then used for the scenario calculations. The results show that the tube is the superior environmental alternative when only the direct effects are considered. When indirect effects and user behaviour are included in the comparison, the tray is the better alternative due to higher recycling rates and, most importantly, less food waste during the process of emptying. However, the environmental impacts due to the food waste in the tube may be compensated for, if the longer shelf-life of the tube results in lower wastage in the households. It is concluded that indirect environmental effects and user behaviour should be included in environmental assessments of packaging to obtain meaningful results.

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Elsevier, 2016. Vol. 137, 895-902 p.
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Packaging LCA, Food waste, Indirect environmental effects, User behaviour
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Environmental Management
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Environmental and Energy Systems
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-45575DOI: 10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.07.097OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-45575DiVA: diva2:956801
Available from: 2016-08-31 Created: 2016-08-31 Last updated: 2016-10-03Bibliographically approved

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