Taronga Zoo: LCA Lite – food packaging for events

The objective of the project is to make an assessment of compostable packaging and plastic packaging to better understand the environmental outcomes of each.

A lite life cycle assessment was undertaken to assess compostable packaging, plastic packaging and paper/cardboard packaging using SimaPro software.

The project provides clear direction to Taronga Zoo on the most environmentally friendly packaging options based on LCA methodology, but also weighs up the other factors such as technology maturity and the impact of education and recycling.

Most importantly, the project allows Taronga to invest in a packaging option with clear science and rationale that can be communicated publicly.

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