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Life Cycle Assessment of Pilot Scale Production of seaweed-based bioplastic

Updated: Jun 19, 2023

LCA Assesment (PlastiSea)
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✍ During the Plastisea project, our cofounders Adriana Ruiz Kyvik and Camilla Dore, and our partners from SINTEF, Aitiip Centro Tecnológico, and Seaweed Solutions contributed data to the scientific article, "Life Cycle Assessment of Pilot Scale Production of Seaweed-Based Bioplastic."

📖 The article focuses on analyzing the entire life cycle of seaweed-based packaging —cultivation, drying, processing, production, use, and end of life (EoL)— to fully assess the impacts of the product, remain transparent, and avoid misleading conclusions.

🔍 Below are some highlights of the article:

• Composting reduces carbon emissions by 30% compared to incineration

• Second-generation bioplastics exert a substantial impact in terms of direct and indirect land use change. Though, seaweed is considered as a third feedstock, since it does not require land use for cultivation, fosters ecosystem support, and habitat provisions (carbon and nutrient cycling)

• The parts of the seaweed biomass considered as "waste" and usually discarded can be repurposed, thus reducing overall emissions during production.

The article is open access, so you can keep reading below!

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