Material substitution and weight reduction as steps towards a sustainable disposable diaper

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: No
Author(s): Pia Lindahl, Göran Broman, Karl-Henrik Robèrt
Title: Material substitution and weight reduction as steps towards a sustainable disposable diaper
Conference name: Life Cycle Management 2011
Year: 2011
City: Berlin
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: School of Engineering - Dept. of Mechanical Engineering (Sektionen för ingenjörsvetenskap - avd. för maskinteknik)
School of Engineering S- 371 79 Karlskrona
+46 455 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/ing/
Authors e-mail: pia.lindahl@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: Increasing market demands for 'sustainable products' has in the development of disposable diapers resulted in a focus on material substitution and weight reduction. In this study we have compared the strategic potential of these two approaches for development of the absorbing core of the product. The study indicates that regardless what strategy a company selects for reducing a products socio-ecological impact, both society and environment would benefit from a stronger focus on the long term goal of a sustainably product, instead of the milestones.
Subject: Sustainability\General
Keywords: sustainable development, materials management, sustainable product development
Note: http://www.lcm2011.org/papers.html
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