Sustainability Assessment of a Single-Use Plastics Ban

dc.contributor.authorHerberz, Timo
dc.contributor.authorBarlow, Claire Y.
dc.contributor.authorFinkbeiner, Matthias
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-18T13:39:22Z
dc.date.available2020-11-18T13:39:22Z
dc.date.issued2020-05-05
dc.date.updated2020-06-10T02:45:24Z
dc.description.abstractGovernments around the world are introducing single-use plastics bans to alleviate plastic marine pollution. This paper investigates whether banning single-use plastic items is an appropriate strategy to protect the environment. Product life cycle assessment was conducted for single-use plastic and single-use non-plastic alternatives. The life cycle impacts of the two product categories were compared and scaled according to EU consumption of 2016. The results show that a single-use plastics ban would decrease plastic marine pollution in the EU by 5.5% which equates to a 0.06% decrease globally. However, such a ban would increase emissions contributing to marine aquatic toxicity in the EU by 1.4%. This paper concludes that single-use items are harmful to the environment regardless of their material. Therefore, banning or imposing a premium price on single-use items in general and not only single-use plastic items is a more effective method of reducing consumption and thereby pollution. The plastics ban only leads to a small reduction of global plastic marine pollution and thus provides only a partial solution to the problem it intends to solve.en
dc.identifier.eissn2071-1050
dc.identifier.urihttps://depositonce.tu-berlin.de/handle/11303/11997
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.14279/depositonce-10877
dc.language.isoenen
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/en
dc.subject.ddc333 Boden- und Energiewirtschaftde
dc.subject.othersingle-use plasticsen
dc.subject.otherplastics banen
dc.subject.otherplastic marine pollutionen
dc.subject.otherLCAen
dc.subject.otherplastics policyen
dc.titleSustainability Assessment of a Single-Use Plastics Banen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.type.versionpublishedVersionen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.articlenumber3746en
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.doi10.3390/su12093746en
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.issue9en
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.journaltitleSustainabilityen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.originalpublishernameMDPIen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.originalpublisherplaceBaselen
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.volume12en
tub.accessrights.dnbfreeen
tub.affiliationFak. 3 Prozesswissenschaften::Inst. Technischen Umweltschutz::FG Technischer Umweltschutz / Sustainable Engineeringde
tub.affiliation.facultyFak. 3 Prozesswissenschaftende
tub.affiliation.groupFG Technischer Umweltschutz / Sustainable Engineeringde
tub.affiliation.instituteInst. Technischen Umweltschutzde
tub.publisher.universityorinstitutionTechnische Universität Berlinen
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