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What determines the environmental impact of a keg?

12-20-2018 | Door OneCircle
Good packaging is essential for maintaining product shelf life and protecting it from rough handling or environmental factors such as temperature. Today, however, many kinds of packaging are harming nature and our living environments. Fortunately, there are some forms of packaging with less impact than others.
What determines the environmental impact of a keg?
Choosing packaging with less impact will create less of a burden on our ecosystems and give us the precious time we need to implement a circular economy. Whether you're a company's head of purchasing or an individual consumer, you only have to look at a product's actual environmental performance and then choose the one with the least environmental impact. This allows good products and their companies to thrive.

Unfortunately, that's easier said than done. The data usually do not exist or are not available. Many companies don't know how to calculate their environmental impact, or are wary of sharing their results with you. This makes it easy for companies to 'greenwash' – to make nice green promises that are not always completely true or objective. The internet is bursting with these fine promises, and 'truths' that are completely off the mark.

‌How can we really help out our environment as consumers and purchasers? The answer is still complex, but there is hope. There is (so far) only one internationally recognised and reliable method for measuring environmental impact: the Life Cycle Analysis (LCA). The method looks at all the aspects of a product that determine its environmental impact, from extraction of raw materials, production, and consumption of the product through what happens to it after it's disposed of. The outcome of an LCA is often expressed in kilograms of CO2 or increasingly, as an environmental impact expressed in euros, also known as the environmental cost indicator (ECI). The closer an ECI gets to zero, the better. Zero means that the product is completely circular and has no more environmental impact.

Twice a year, OneCircle performs an LCA for the kegs made by OneCircle, using intelligent, internationally recognised LCA software. OneCircle has the results of these analyses officially verified and approved by an independent agency, in accordance with the European EN 15804 PCR standard.

‌OneCircle has also made a comparison of KeyKeg with other forms of packaging such as bottles and steel kegs, using internationally recognized environmental software. The following article in this series will discuss this comparison, and provide some sample calculations.

Would you like to know the real environmental impact of your kegs? Get in touch with us and we'll calculate it for your particular situation.

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