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Bio-Based Versus Conventional Plastics for Electronics Housings: LCA Literature Review

The use of bio-based housing materials is included as an optional criterion for EPEAT with the acknowledgement that further research was needed before the use of bio-based materials could be endorsed by the standard. In order to evaluate the benefit of the use of bio-based materials, we compare the impacts associated with production of currently dominant plastic blends with those of the most promising bio-based material (polylactic acid or PLA), as either the principal constituent or supplementary fraction of housing plastic.