What's a
        life cycle  

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And why use it?

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

we can find ways to reduce and eliminate waste.

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


  • Seeds
  • Water
  • Forests
  • Resources

Raw materials

  • Farming
  • Making
  • Construction


  • Processing
  • Packaging


  • Transportation

Distribution and storage

  • Eating food
  • Using products
  • Living in a house

Access and use

  • Demolish
  • Reuse, remanufacture
  • Recycle, compost
  • Energy recovery
  • Landfill, incinerator

Waste management

All waste is a resource.

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