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Assessment of Environmental Impact by Grocery Shopping Bags

An Eco-Functional Approach


Part of the EcoProduction book series (ECOPROD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu, Yi Li
    Pages 7-14
  3. Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu, Yi Li
    Pages 15-54
  4. Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu, Yi Li
    Pages 55-76
  5. Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu, Yi Li
    Pages 77-88
  6. Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu, Yi Li
    Pages 89-98
  7. Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu, Yi Li
    Pages 99-113
  8. Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu, Yi Li
    Pages 115-117
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 119-162

About this book


This book details the different types of shopping bags used for grocery purposes and their manufacturing processes; various impacts made by different grocery shopping bags in their entire life cycle from cradle to grave stages; importance of consumer behaviour in determining the life cycle impact of shopping bags with the case study of the consumer behaviour studied in different countries for various shopping bags; quantification of environmental impact, ecological sustainability and recyclability potential of various raw materials used for shopping bags; functional and ecological properties of various shopping bags and their assessment; core concept and the theoretical framework of Eco-functional Assessment Methodology; Eco-functional assessment of various grocery shopping bags; quantification of the eco-functional scores of various shopping bags; reduction of environmental impacts of various grocery shopping bags


Biodegradation of Shopping Bags Carbon Eco-footprints Consumption Behavior Eco-impact End-of-life Assessment Environmental Impact Functionality Assessment Grocery Shopping Bags Life Cycle Assessment Manufacturing Processes

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Eco-design ConsultantGlobal Sustainability Services SGS Hong Kong LimitedHong KongHong Kong SAR
  2. 2.The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Institute of Textiles & ClothingHong KongHong Kong SAR

About the authors

Dr Subramanian Senthilkannan Muthu is working for SGS Hong Kong for its Global Sustainability Services as Eco-design Consultant after his doctoral research study from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. He finished his PhD dissertation entitled, “Eco-functional assessment of grocery shopping bags” with 14 scientific peer-reviewed scientific journal publications, 2 patents and 11 conference publications based on his dissertation to his credit. In total, he has authored more than 75 journal publications and numerous conference publications, 3 books and 2 book of chapters. He serves various peer-reviewed journals in environmental and textile sciences as an editor/editorial board member and also as a reviewer.


Prof. Yi Li is working as a full time professor in the Institute of Textiles & Clothing, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University apart from the director of Textile Bioengineering Centre and Chairman of TBIS. With over 460 scientific publications and more than 30 patents, he is a Fellow of the Textile Institute, Life Fellows of International Biographical Association and the Royal Society of Art, Commerce and Manufacturing, and adjunct professors of four universities in China and a member of several professional bodies.

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