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Bio-Based Products: Suggestions for Ecolabel Criteria and Standards in Line with Sustainable Development Goals

Bio-Based Products: Suggestions for Ecolabel Criteria and Standards in Line with Sustainable Development Goals
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Author(s): Simone Wurster (Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany), Luana Ladu (Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany) and Dhandy Arisaktiwardhana (Technische Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany)
Copyright: 2019
Volume: 17
Issue: 1
Pages: 17
Source title: International Journal of Standardization Research (IJSR)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Robert Elliot Davis (Walden University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/IJSR.2019010102

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Abstract

Communicating the related environmental benefits of bio-based products to consumers represents a key component of their market uptake. In this regard, the use of ecolabels ISO 14024 Type I play a crucial role. This article identifies and analyzes different criteria proposed by ecolabels for conducting a sustainability assessment of bio-based products considering its entire lifecycle. A comparison of the selected criteria with existing indicators ruled out by the SDGs is proposed. Through expert consultation, the suitability of existing ecolabel criteria for bio-based products has been tested for four applications of biobased products: food packaging from PLA; biobased automotive components; bio-based mulch film; and bio-based insulation material.

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