Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)

Whilst the term ‘carbon footprint’ is now known to almost all of us, it is only one of a number of key environmental indicators that can be measured by way of a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA).

Our first NatureFlex™ LCA was conducted in 2007, based on data from 2006. This LCA was used primarily for internal benchmarking purposes and to ensure that process investments were targeted to maximise the potential environmental benefit.

The subsequent NatureFlex™ LCA was based on data from 2010 and was taken to independent ‘peer review’ in order to verify the data and methodology used. Both LCA’s were carried out by thinkstep, but in addition, Futamura uses its own in-house LCA knowledge and software (GaBi) to evaluate future improvements and to monitor the current process.  

 The graph below highlights the improvements made in environmental indicators from 1993 to 2010 for coated NatureFlex™ films:

*The current NatureFlex LCA is being reviewed.