it is important to have the same system boundaries in life cycle assessment (LCA) to make fair comparisons between products because the environmental impacts of a product can vary depending on which stages of its life cycle are included in the assessment. For example, if one product is assessed from cradle-to-grave (from raw material extraction to disposal) and another product is only assessed from cradle-to-gate (until the product leaves the factory), the environmental impact of the two products may not be comparable.
Therefore, it is important to establish consistent system boundaries for all products being assessed to ensure that the comparisons made are fair and accurate. This helps consumers and businesses make informed decisions and can incentivize improvements in environmental performance.
Pickler allows for the establishment of consistent system boundaries by providing a comprehensive eco forecast that assesses the environmental impact of a product throughout its entire life cycle. The tool calculates eco-costs and CO2-equivalent emissions for each life cycle stage of the product, ensuring that the same system boundaries are used for all products assessed.
This allows for fair and accurate comparisons between products and helps consumers make more informed purchasing decisions. By making sustainability claims clear and comparable, Pickler can help businesses green up their sales and design choices, and support consumers in making more sustainable choices.