Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)
A third-party Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) determined that Cereplast Hybrid 101 is “superior to all conventional plastics” in terms of overall environmental impact according to a ReCiPe eco-points single score. The goal of the study was to assess the environmental impacts of a number of conventional and renewable plastic products from cradle to factory gate. The LCA method used quantified life cycle environmental impacts of the energy and materials used, waste generated and emissions released. The study was performed by AltuMetrics (formerly named Sustainmetrics) and compared Cereplast Hybrid 101 bioplastic to four different conventional plastics including Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE), Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), High Impact Polystyrene (HIPS) and Polypropylene (PP).
The study determined that Hybrid 101 has a lower carbon footprint than traditional plastics. If you replace 1,000,000 lbs. of conventional polypropylene (PP) with Hybrid 101, the reduction in your environmental impact is 800,000 pounds of CO2, which is equivalent to driving 732,800 miles in an average passenger vehicle. That’s like driving around the world more than 29 times! If 0.1% of the global demand for PP was replaced with Hybrid 101, that’s equivalent to removing 5100 cars from America’s roads or planting 1.2 million trees, which would save millions of pounds of carbon dioxide a year.