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Reuse it or lose it! Using LCA to quantify the environmental benefits of reuse, with Valentina Castellani IEAM

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“Going green” has become a sweeping campaign for consumers at all levels. One way to become more environmentally responsible is to practice reuse—the second of the three R’s in the mantra “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” Although reusing items such as clothing or furniture may seem like a logical way to decrease one’s environmental footprint, measuring the environmental benefits conferred by reuse is not as obvious as, for example, a reduction in energy usage. In this podcast, we chat with Valentina Castellani, who used life cycle assessment to quantify the environmental impacts avoided by the reuse of commonplace items through a secondhand store, over the course of one year. Her article “Beyond the throwaway society: A life cycle-based assessment of the environmental benefit of reuse” is part of the special series “SETAC LCA Case Study Symposium 2013.” Access her article and the entire series in the July 2015 issue of IEAM..

“Going green” has become a sweeping campaign for consumers at all levels. One way to become more environmentally responsible is to practice reuse—the second of the three R’s in the mantra “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” Although reusing items such as clothing or furniture may seem like a logical way to decrease one’s environmental footprint, measuring the environmental benefits conferred by reuse is not as obvious as, for example, a reduction in energy usage. In this podcast, we chat with Valentina Castellani, who used life cycle assessment to quantify the environmental impacts avoided by the reuse of commonplace items through a secondhand store, over the course of one year. Her article “Beyond the throwaway society: A life cycle-based assessment of the environmental benefit of reuse” is part of the special series “SETAC LCA Case Study Symposium 2013.” Access her article and the entire series in the July 2015 issue of IEAM..

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