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Life Cycle Assessment - Cup of Takeaway Coffee
Transcript of Life Cycle Assessment - Cup of Takeaway Coffee
Life Cycle Assessment
Cup of Takeaway Coffee
: released by cows through belching or flatulence
: carbon footprint 17.6 pounds of CO2 per gallon (freight and distribution)
: disposal of organic waste without treatment
Recommendations for Greater Sustainability
- under investment
- poor production practices
- adverse climatic conditions
as a result of the need for increase in production
Environmental impact of
to speed up production
Small profit margin
of small producers
Sustainable production programs
Preference for Fair Trade certified coffee
Treatment of waste water
Use of greener transportation vehicles
Water pollution and deforestation (paper manufacturing)
Loss of natural habitat
Usually not completely recyclable
Solid waste in landfills
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