I just love a nice cold beer but I also have a big dilemma. Should I buy cans or bottles? It tastes great out of both but since I have been spending time with the Javelin Green team and also had some training on the SolidWorks SustainablityXpress product I feel that I need to get that question answered. I want to enjoy my beer and also be environmentally responsible.
So I asked Joseph Vera from inkaverna (www.inkaverna.com) to do a quick life cycle assessment (LCA) for me to tell me which is a better container for my favourite beverage – can or bottle. Joseph is a Sustainbility Expert and has a Masters in Engineering and Public Policy (and I know he likes beer too). Joseph helps companies incorporate sustainability into their product design and he has been helping the Javelin Customer Care team with the development of sustainable design training and mentoring programs that we will be offering to our customers.
In the video below Joseph runs through a LCA and gives us the answer to this very important question. Please check it out.
For anyone who would like to learn more about sustainable design both Javelin and inkaverna would be pleased to help you out.
Thanks for the help with this Joseph. I owe you a nice cold Steamwhistle beer (hint).
I watched the Sustainability – Life Cycle Analysis webinar this morning presented by Asheen Phansey (Sustainability Product Manager at SolidWorks). During his presentation, he mentioned an interesting case study about laundry detergents, where LCA (Life cycle analysis) was used to assess the material, energy and water requirements and environmental emissions across all life cycle phases, including raw material acquisition and transport, product manufacturing, packaging and distribution, consumer use and post-consumer disposal.
A Danish company has optimised the development of its new blister-packaging machine using software to make it more environmentally friendly.
Ramac founders Søren Andersen and Jimmy Rose analysed their packaging machine design part by part with SolidWorks’ SustainabilityXpress software to find material choices and manufacturing methods that decreased the machine’s environmental impact throughout its life cycle.
Are you looking for ways to save costs while creating more environmentally friendly products? It is easier than you might think. SolidWorks can help you design eco-friendly products without compromising time, cost, quality or functionality. Every license of SolidWorks 2010 includes a complimentary copy of SustainabilityXpress.
With SustainabilityXpress, you can:
Identify excess material that can be trimmed to reduce manufacturing costs without impacting product performance;
Gain immediate feedback on the carbon footprint of your product, including total energy consumption involved in the manufacturing and shipping process;
Win more business from eco-minded consumers with useful reports to communicate the sustainability attributes of your products.
Have you or a member of your team designed a green product with SolidWorks? Or has analyzing a part of your product with SolidWorks SustainabilityXpress helped you to reduce your material or manufacturing costs? If the answer is yes to either of these questions then we would love to hear about it and showcase your environmental design by inviting you to participate in the Javelin Green Design Contest.
We have great prizes lined up including a new Apple iPad for the winner, but you have to act quickly and submit your designs soon. The contest submission deadline is Monday, April 19th, 2010. We will be announcing our winners on Earth Day which is on April 22nd.
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