Life cycle analysis of tissue paper manufacturing from virgin pulp or recycled waste paper
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Instytucja
Wydział Zarządzania i Modelowania Komputerowego (Politechnika Świętokrzyska)
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Główny język publikacji
en
Czasopismo
Management and Production Engineering Review
ISSN
2080-8208
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Rok publikacji
2015
Numer zeszytu
3
Strony od-do
47–54
Numer tomu
6
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en
life cycle assessment
LCA
tissue paper
recycled waste paper
virgin pulp
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Język
en
Treść
The aim of this work is to compare the environmental impacts of two production processes of tissue paper using virgin pulp (virgin fiber) or waste paper pulp (recycled fiber). This comparison is based on the materials and energy used as well as emissions and waste resulting from the production of tissue paper. Life cycle assessment (LCA), ReCiPe method, was chosen as the analysis tool. The results of the research proved that electricity has the most considerable participation in the overall environmental impacts in both production processes, followed by either virgin pulp or heat. Consequently, these two production processes are the greatest contributors to the following midpoint environmental impact categories: human toxicity, climate change, human health and ecosystems, and fossil depletion. The analysis based on endpoint impact categories proved that the production process based on waste paper is more environmentally friendly than the one based on virgin pulp in all impact categories: human health, ecosystems, resources. This is largely because of its lower material and energy requirements in the entire life cycle. Due to the fact that the tissue paper is the final use of fiber, using recycled waste paper is strongly recommended. The obtained research results are a valuable source of management information for the decision makers at both company and national levels required to improve the environmental performance of tissue paper production.
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peer-reviewed
original-article
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22000
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