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“The Sustainability of Packaging Systems for Fruit and Vegetable Transport in Europe Based on Life-Cycle-Analysis” is a study conducted on the Foundation’s behalf in 2009 by the Institut für ganzheitliche Bilanzierung (Institute for Holistic Assessment) which is attached to the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Engineering Physics and the Chair for Building Engineering Physics at the University of Stuttgart.
The study reaches the conclusion that reusable systems based on plastic are ecologically superior to single-use (i.e. disposable) cardboard-based systems. Furthermore, reusable systems prove to be the most energy-efficient.
The following potential impact categories were examined:
- ozone depletion,
- summer smog,
- global warming, and
- acidification potential.
The study is a comparative eco-assessment in compliance with DIN EN ISO 14040.
Anmerkungen der SIM zur Studie
Using the Foundation’s environmental impact calculator, you can calculate your (potential) contribution to the protection of the environment and the conservation of resources through the use of reusable fruit and vegetable crates.
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Zusammenfassung - Aktualisierung 2009 (deutsch)
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