Inventory (LCI): Life Cycle Impact Assessment And Interpretation
What purpose does it serve? What human need does it meet? Etc. The product chosen is a toothbrush, a toothbrush consist of a plastic handle, neck, head and some bristles. In today 's society there is multiple variety of toothbrush, electric, interdental, chewable, ecological etc. When it comes to manufacturers of toothbrush the list is far from shot, here is a few of them, Colgate, Oral-B, GUM, Phillips, BSI, Curvex and the list goes on.
In the Modern world hygiene is important, not only to smell good, but it causes an impact on your health. Oral hygiene can be taking care of with a tooth brush, brushing your teeth can prevent tarter buildup, kill bacteria, cavities, prevent gum disease and provides good oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth is a very important part in people’s routine and also help to have a less costly bill after the dentists. A good majority of people brush their teeth since their teeth have grown. (Toothbrush, …show more content…
But how does a tooth brush impacts our environment? The traditional toothbrushes are made of plastic, there is two parts for a tooth brush, the head which we find nylon bristles and a plastic handle. (Toothbrush, 2016) We can purchase toothbrushes almost anywhere, super markets, pharmacies, gas stations, grocery store, etc… Toothbrushes are mostly packaged in plastic. Acquisition of raw material
- What is the product made of? Think of the energy (Input) used to acquire this material.
The toothbrush is composed of multiple material depending of the model chosen. The basic toothbrush consist of plastic, nylon bristle and metal staple (Toothbrush, n.d.). I will mention the energy used to gather these raw material afterwards. Firstly the plastic are made from oil, which can be broken down to polymers, furthermore this can be broken down to monomers (How Plastics Work, n.d.). Secondly the nylon bristle composes of a synthetic family of polymers, generally known as polyamides (Nylon, n.d.). When it comes to energy used to acquire these raw material, plastic and nylon both derive from a crude oil. The process to gather crude oil consist of aggregating crude oil, production through gathering systems and finally delivery by either truck, pipeline or rail (Gathering & Processing Division, n.d.).