Soda Can - Mike Stengel 1/22/08 Lifecycle Analysis of a...

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Mike Stengel 1/22/08 Lifecycle Analysis of a Soda Can Extracting, harvesting, and processing raw materials o Most sodas contain caffeine, sometimes for flavor purposes. It is found naturally in over 60 plants, notably cacao beans, tea leaves, and kola nuts. Mostly, these products are foreign to the United States and must be imported from distant countries. o To sweeten the drink, sugar is added. Today, sugar cane is grown in Hawaii, California and Florida and then purified to obtain the sugar extract. Sugar-substitutes are artificially made and involve manufacturing. o Lately, natural additives have been more widely used among the soda industry due to health concerns. Examples include anti-oxidants and natural preservatives. o Aluminum ore (bauxite) is imported from Jamaica and Guinea. Manufacturing, processing, and formulation o Carbonated water makes up around 90% of a soft drink and consists of carbon dioxide. In liquid form, it is an inert and non-toxic gas and cheap to liquefy. o
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course ENVI STUDI 100 taught by Professor Wilshusen during the Spring '08 term at Bucknell.

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