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Lesson 13 Assignment 1

Lesson 13 Assignment 1 - Do you think the boundaries were...

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Do you think the boundaries were appropriate? Too wide? Too narrow? Why? The Hocking reading provides some interesting insights into conducting life cycle analysis. Concerning mainly the various energy used in producing drinking containers. His calculations included electricity expenditure which is a perfectly appropriate parameter. This takes into account the energy needed directly for production methods of the items as well as the energy needed to create the initial infrastructure facilities and machinery. This is a very comprehensive and excludes energy expenditure in construction of electrical plants and power lines is an appropriate narrowing of the boundaries because these plants and transmission lines would be built regardless for other use, not just cup production. Another good concept it acknowledging that recyclable containers retain much of the value of their original production as compared with one use materials.
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