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.
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