Environmental impact assessment of boatbuilding process with ocean plastic
Paper in proceedings, 2020

Ocean ecosystems are suffering from plastic pollution. To prevent further damage, the 3Rs approach suggests reducing, reusing, and recycling waste. Current solutions include developing waste management systems, public awareness, and waste collection projects to reduce and recycle. However, reuse of reclaimed plastic is limited. This study is as part of an ocean-cleaning campaign. The manufacturing process to produce optimists using ocean plastic was evaluated and compared with conventional boat building as baseline. The environmental impact is higher than the baseline due to more material- and energy-intensive processes. However, adapting processes and integrating recycled materials is necessary for more sustainable and circular production systems.

Life cycle assessment

Environmental impact assessment

Marine pollution

Ocean plastic

Sustainable manufacturing process


Qi Fang


Mélanie Despeisse

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Xiaoxia Chen

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Procedia CIRP

22128271 (ISSN)

Vol. 90 274-279

27th CIRP Life Cycle Engineering Conference, LCE 2020
Grenoble, France,

Subject Categories

Construction Management

Other Environmental Engineering

Environmental Management



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