This book uses the principles of Life Cycle Assessment to think about the circular economy. Table readers may be particularly interested in Chapters 10 (on packaging, including food packaging), 11 (agricultural crop production) and 12 (livestock production).
Life cycle assessment (LCA) is an established methodology used to quantify the environmental impacts of products, processes and services. Circular economy (CE) thinking is conceptual way of considering the impacts of consuming resources. By taking a closed loop approach, CE provides a framework for influencing behaviours and practices to minimise this impact. Development of the circular economy is a crucial component in the progression towards future sustainability. This book provides a robust systematic approach to the circular economy concept, using the established methodology of LCA. Including chapters on circular economic thinking, the use of LCA as a metric and linking LCA to the wider circular economy, this book utilises case studies to illustrate the approaches to LCA. With contributions from researchers worldwide, Life Cycle Assessment provides a practical, global guide for those who wish to use LCA as a research tool or to inform policy, process, and product improvement.
Borrion, A., Black, M. J. and Mwanobje, O. (2021). Life Cycle Assessment: A Metric for the Circular Economy. Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) Publishing, Cambridge.
Read more here. See also the Table explainer Environmental impacts of food: an introduction to LCA.