A life cycle assessment of disposable cold cups conducted for Starbucks Coffee Company and Nature…

A life cycle
assessment of disposable cold cups conducted for Starbucks Coffee Company and
Nature Works LLC [4] compared cups and lids made out of polypropylene (PP),
polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and polylactic acid (PLA). The report states:
“The life cycle phases of the beverage cup and lid product systems that were
studied include:

• Cradle-to-polymer
factory gate pellet production for PET, Ingeo, and PP,

• Pellet
transportation to converter,

• Conversion
of pellets into cups and lids,

• Transport
of cups and lids to Starbucks shops,

• Waste
disposal in landfill.”

What
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A life cycle
assessment of disposable cold cups conducted for Starbucks Coffee Company and
Nature Works LLC [4] compared cups and lids made out of polypropylene (PP),
polyethylene terephthalate (PET), and polylactic acid (PLA). The report states:
“The life cycle phases of the beverage cup and lid product systems that were
studied include:

• Cradle-to-polymer
factory gate pellet production for PET, Ingeo, and PP,

• Pellet
transportation to converter,

• Conversion
of pellets into cups and lids,

• Transport
of cups and lids to Starbucks shops,

• Waste
disposal in landfill.”

What type of
life cycle boundary does this statement imply? Discuss its benefits and
shortcomings.

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