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Life Cycle Perspective on Consumer Products
EPA researchers are developing a holistic and multi-criteria methodology for redesigning or improving the sustainability of complex consumer product supply chains based on real world examples. Through collaboration with consumer product manufacturers, researchers will engage in a detailed study of selected product lines. Data on supply chains will be managed and evaluated with life cycle assessment tools, along with other tools developed for managing complex supply chain data. Ultimately, a set of refined indicators and metrics, along with the tools used to apply them to supply chains, will be released in the form of a consumer product supply chain design tool. Related work will examine environmental product claims.