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WHAT'S A LIFE

CYCLE APPROACH

A life-cycle approach is a way to assess the waste associated at every stage of a product or material's life.

A life-cycle approach is a way to assess the waste associated at every stage of a product or material's life.

By understanding the energy and materials used, and the waste produced at different stages...

A life-cycle approach is a way to assess the waste associated at every stage of a product or material's life.

By understanding the energy and materials used, and the waste produced at different stages...

We can find ways to reduce and eliminate waste.

What's in the lifecycle?

Production

Manufacturing

Distribution
and storage

Access and use

Waste management

Design

Raw materials

Design

  • Design with the full life cycle and environment in mind (e.g. biomimicry)
  • Apply systems thinking
  • Minerals
  • Water
  • Forests
  • Petroleum and other resources

Raw materials

  • Farming
  • Making
  • Constructing

Production

  • Processing
  • Packaging

Manufacturing

  • Transporting
  • Warehousing

Distribution and storage

  • Food consumption
  • Product usage

Residents and businesses

  • Sharing
  • Repairing and refurbishing
  • Re-manufacturing
  • Deconstructing and reusing

Waste management

All waste is a resource

Zero waste cycle

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