Stefan Erzinger

Evaluating the environmental impacts


Ferrum 89/2017

This paper presents the environmental impacts of plastic products and describes life cycle assessment as a comprehensive method of ecological evaluation. By making allowance for environmentally relevant factors at the product development stage, potential environmental impacts can be detected, channeled and limited. It is important to consider the entire life cycle when evaluating a product’s sustainability and environmental friendliness. Important aspects to be considered at the ecological product design stage are the choice of a material with a low ecological footprint, as low a weight as possible, and optimized flow properties in the piping system.


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