Advances in Assessing Environmental Footprints of Emerging Packaging Components

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Poster Number:  V-15 

Main Presenter:    Loreto C. Adrison 

Co-Authors:   Pablo A Rosa     Sobanski Natacha      Bruno Sezerban      Sasson Clarice                              

Presently, more than 350 million metric tons of plastic waste are generated annually, a quantity projected to triple by 2060 without substantial changes across the plastic supply chain (SDG, 2015). Conversely, this production could decrease by 80% by 2040 if substantial modifications are implemented in plastic supply chain policies (FLETCHER, et al., 2023). Within the context of plastic consumption, Brazil has experienced significant growth in recent years and is emerging as a global benchmark in this sector.
In 2022, with a turnover of R$34.2 billion, Brazil was classified as the largest aesthetics and beauty market in Latin America and fourth globally by the ABF (Brazilian Franchising Association). This scenario also poses a significant challenge regarding the sustainability of packaging production, predominantly driven by plastic materials.
When addressing the sustainability of packaging, the primary suggested solutions involve recycling, reverse logistics, and substantial reduction of virgin materials. However, to achieve optimal functionality in all these measures, the entire plastic supply chain must undergo transformations from the collection stage of post-consumer packaging to the reintegration of these materials into the production chain. Consequently, a substantial investment is requisite to attain effectiveness in these initiatives.
In this context, the vital use of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tool allows precise quantification of environmental impacts in packaging stages, aiding decision-making for positive outcomes.
In this context, as a pioneer in the Latin America cosmetic industry, Grupo Boticário has developed a footprint calculation tool for water and carbon, guided by LCA and employed by the company’s packaging developers. The tool enables developers to choose from over 560 materials and create different scenarios for each component to be used in new packaging, such as jars, tubes, caps, valves, among others. Additionally, it allows for the simulation of different transportation scenarios, as well as the selection of different recycling processes. Further, the tool enables the selection of various product packaging components to compare the potential environmental impacts with the new scenario developed. Once this process is completed, the tool automatically generates an internal report on the water and carbon footprint of the new packaging under development, demonstrating the behavior of potential impacts compared to the previously selected packaging.
Therefore, employing the tool in the new packaging development stage yields quantitative arguments on which materials, processes, and logistics to choose to reduce atmospheric emissions and water consumption throughout the life cycle of the packaging.

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