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Towards a sustainable business model for plastic shopping bag management in Sweden
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Sustainable development, Environmental science and Engineering, Industrial Ecology. Nottingham Trent Univ, England.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9215-0166
Nottingham Trent Univ, England.
2017 (English)In: 24TH CIRP CONFERENCE ON LIFE CYCLE ENGINEERING / [ed] Takata, S Umeda, Y Kondoh, S, Elsevier, 2017, 679-684 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

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/collectionsystem, acceptance of such a 'take-back' system by retail managers, greater environmental awareness among customers and regulatory mechanisms.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2017. 679-684 p.
Series
Procedia CIRP, ISSN 2212-8271 ; 61
Keyword [en]
Sustainable business models, plastic packaging, shopping bags, waste collection, recycling
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Civil Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-211630DOI: 10.1016/j.procir.2016.11.268ISI: 000404511900118Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85020021597OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-211630DiVA: diva2:1130607
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24th CIRP Conference on Life Cycle Engineering (CIRP LCE), MAR 08-10, 2017, Kamakura, JAPAN
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QC 20170810

Available from: 2017-08-10 Created: 2017-08-10 Last updated: 2017-08-10Bibliographically approved

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