EPDs: How to Make Greener Choices in Today’s Environmentally-Conscious World

In today’s environmentally conscious world, Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) have become essential for businesses and consumers. An EPD is a standardized document that provides transparent and credible information about the environmental impact of a product throughout its lifecycle. By understanding the key benefits and considerations of EPDs, you can make more sustainable choices and contribute to a greener future.

EPDs are designed to meet international standards such as ISO 14025 and EN 15804, ensuring consistency and comparability across different products. With their scientific methodology and comprehensive life cycle assessment (LCA), EPDs offer reliable data on the environmental performance of a product, including raw material extraction, manufacturing processes, usage phase, and end-of-life considerations.

Incorporating EPDs into your decision-making process gives you access to valuable information that allows for informed choices. With a detailed product description and LCA results, you can assess the environmental impacts of a product, such as energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, and waste generation. This data lets you compare products within the same category and select the most environmentally friendly option.

EPDs cover a range of environmental impact categories, including climate change, ozone depletion, eutrophication, acidification, and resource depletion. This information lets you prioritize the most critical aspects and align your choices with your sustainability goals.

Moreover, EPDs that have undergone third-party verification add a layer of credibility. Verified EPDs assure you that the information provided is accurate and compliant with established standards. Look for registration information to identify the EPD program or scheme under which the declaration was registered, further enhancing confidence in the data.

Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) provide transparent and credible information about the environmental impact of products. By leveraging EPDs, you gain insights into a product’s lifecycle and environmental performance, enabling you to make informed, sustainable choices. With their standardized format and third-party verification, EPDs help you contribute to a greener future.


Kristian Eriksson,
Environmental consultant

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