Cradle-to-gate life cycle assessment for a cradle-to-cradle cycle: biogas-to-bioplastic (and back).

@article{Rostkowski2012CradletogateLC,
  title={Cradle-to-gate life cycle assessment for a cradle-to-cradle cycle: biogas-to-bioplastic (and back).},
  author={Katherine H. Rostkowski and Craig S. Criddle and Michael D. Lepech},
  journal={Environmental science & technology},
  year={2012},
  volume={46 18},
  pages={9822-9}
}
At present, most synthetic organic materials are produced from fossil carbon feedstock that is regenerated over time scales of millions of years. Biobased alternatives can be rapidly renewed in cradle-to-cradle cycles (1-10 years). Such materials extend landfill life and decrease undesirable impacts due to material persistence. This work develops a LCA for synthesis of polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) from methane with subsequent biodegradation of PHB back to biogas (40-70% methane, 30-60% carbon… CONTINUE READING
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