When I wrote the first blog, I didn’t think much of it and I did not expect a lot of comments and feedback, but that is exactly what I got! Since this seems to be a popular topic, the mini-series may be longer than initially expected. Last week, I mainly focused on the convenience factor of the eBooks, but several new points were brought to my attention.
As the world has become more technologically advanced, the tech gurus around the world have been creating gadgets that will capture the hearts of many consumers. In a world today where it seems that the majority of people have laptops and smart phones (iPhones, Blackberries, etc.), the logical progression was to create a newer, cooler, hipper gadget – the eBook. The eBook is a convenient way to read books through an electronic device. This new technological wonder is marketed for giving you the multitude of resources you would encounter in a library, but all the resources will be available at your fingertips through a very portable device.
The latest segment of the LCA series will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of LCAs. While I am a proponent of life cycle analyzes, I do understand that they do come with their sets of complications and limitations, and I do think one needs to understand the complete LCA picture before taking their stand for or against LCAs.
Last week, I described what life cycle analyses are and briefly touched on how they can be used by companies in Life Cycle Analysis: Part 1. This post (along a few more that will follow) will be a part of a blog mini-series about life cycle analyses. I want to educate our readers about the general concepts of LCAs. Without further ado, here comes part 2: Read the rest of this entry »
“Life cycle analysis” (LCA) is an increasingly common term used in industry and legislation today. Several organizations, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), American Center for LCA, and Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool (EPEAT) have started requiring and recommending the use of LCAs. Since the phrase has become very popular, I will venture to clarify what it means and how this effects the electronics industry. Read the rest of this entry »