A study shows how to reduce the environmental impacts of pharmaceutical packaging

Publication date: 29-10-2018 15:26

The project entitled "Life Cycle Assessment and Ecodesign of Medicinal Packaging" developed by the team led by the Professor Fausto Freire, member of the initiative EfS and responsible of the Center for Industrial Ecology @ FCTUC, provides evidence that the eco-design in the pharmaceutical industry would enable to reduce up to five times the environmental impacts of the packaging life cycle of medicines.

The team has been evaluating different types of pharmaceutical packaging with different combinations of materials, in order to identify critical points and propose the best eco-design alternatives.

The study, which is expected to be completed next year, is funded by VALORMED (Sociedade Gestora de Resíduos de Embalagens e Medicamentos) is part of its 2016-2020 R&D Plan. Life-cycle assessment and eco-design allows the calculation of the environmental performance of a product (starting from the extraction of raw materials, production and use of goods and services, ending in the management of the resulted waste) by balancing ecological and economic needs, through the appropriate design of the products, and a Circular Economy.

Source: Cristina Pinto @noticias.uc

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