CITIZENLAB: LIFE CYCLE ASSESSMENT

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We work with interested citizens and schools to develop innovative product improvements and check their effect on the environment. Our aim is to make everyday products more sustainable. Collaborators benefit from the expertise of our researchers at H-BRS. We use a special life cycle assessment program to test products for environmental effects.

Importance of life cycle assessment

Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a scientific method for evaluating the environmental impact of a product. Life cycle assessment results help find out which point in the production chain produces the most damage. This allows us to change products and processes for reduced environmental impact. LCAs also help assess products when awarding environmental labels, such as the German Blue Angel.

Your knowledge matters

Consumers and users are the experts when it comes to designing the appliances in their homes for sustainability. When you use a thing every day, you know best what bothers you and could be improved. We want to hear your ideas and work with you to make our appliances more environmentally friendly and usable. Get in touch!

How can you join the research?

You own a broken appliance, and instead of discarding it, you’d like to learn more and improve it? You’d like to suggest improvements, but first you want to know if they’re “good for the environment”! Then this is the right place for you!

Find out about LCA and how it can help you test your product improvements for environmental viability. We teach you the basics about products and environmental impact. Turn your ideas into numbers and find out who to interpret these numbers with our assistance.

Join the effort!

Open to anyone interested in sustainable products. We offer custom group events for associations, schools and repair cafés. Just get in touch to discuss details.

Offers

We’ve developed an interactive course on “Life Cycle Assessment for Home Appliances” for schools. It consists of a theory part with short instructional videos and a tutorial on how to create a life cycle assessment.

Attention: We are not offering any events at the moment.

A workshop consists of three parts: an idea workshop, an introduction to life cycle assessment and a final discussion.

Attention: We are not offering any events at the moment.