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Decision Making Tool in Life Cycle Assessment for Packaging Sustainability

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Huihui Qi, Euihark Lee, Hae Chang Gea

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ

Paper No. DETC2013-13680, pp. V004T05A032; 9 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 4: 18th Design for Manufacturing and the Life Cycle Conference; 2013 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications
  • Portland, Oregon, USA, August 4–7, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5591-1
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


The Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a method to measure the environmental impact of a product’s life stages from the cradle to the grave, and is widely used for packaging sustainability. Although many successful applications using LCA have been reported, the current state of LCA tools still has many limitations. For example, it is difficult to select the best design among the LCA results of design sets. Moreover, the LCA tool cannot implement a decision maker’s preference into the process easily.

To overcome these limitations, we developed a decision making tool using LCA for packaging sustainability. First, Pareto Active Set Selection (PASS) method is proposed to find Pareto Front of packaging options. Additionally, Design Preference Function (DPF) is introduced to implement the designer’s preference for selecting the best packaging options. Case studies are presented to demonstrate this decision making tool.

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