Kraton has committed undertake 12 cradle-to-gate LCA for key products by 2020. Life cycle assessments (LCA) provide an in-depth understanding of the environmental impacts of our products and their production process. This knowledge may inform future innovation processes by allowing us to identify opportunities to improve overall product sustainability, such as:
- switching to a different raw material;
- introducing a manufacturing process change;
- altering a specific transportation method/route; or
- recapturing and selling a byproduct.
LCA provide opportunities to collaborate more closely with suppliers, supply chain partners and customers. LCA allows us to help customers improve their sustainability performance through products with less environmental impact. An example of this is our collaboration with Interface around our LCA data supporting the development of their CircuitBac product.