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Jagdeep Singh. Foto.

Jagdeep Singh

Forskare

Jagdeep Singh. Foto.

Towards a Sustainable Business Model for Plastic Shopping Bag Management in Sweden

Författare

  • Jagdeep Singh
  • Tim Cooper

Summary, in English

From an environmental perspective, a separate collection and recycling system for post-consumer discards could contribute to improved environmental protection as well as economic benefits. This paper investigates the environmental potential of a business model proposed in Sweden in order to improve the utilization of plastic shopping bags. The business model aims to reduce the consumption of plastic shopping bags and to collect and recycle discarded bags more effectively. Results from a life cycle assessment show that the proposed system could significantly reduce the carbon, energy and water footprints of the current system, even for very pessimistic scenarios for bag purchase and recovery rates. However, wider implementation of the proposed business model depends on the accessibility of the deposit/collection system, acceptance of such a 'take-back' system by retail managers, greater environmental awareness among customers and regulatory mechanisms.

Publiceringsår

2017-01-01

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

679-684

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Procedia CIRP

Volym

61

Dokumenttyp

Konferensbidrag

Ämne

  • Environmental Management

Nyckelord

  • plastic packaging
  • recycling
  • shopping bags
  • Sustainable business models
  • waste collection

Conference name

24th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering, CIRP LCE 2017

Conference date

2017-03-08 - 2017-03-10

Conference place

Kamakura, Japan

Aktiv

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 2212-8271