How does a product perform in different stages of its lifecycle? That’s the central question that an Environmental Product Declaration, also known as an EPD, answers. EPDs are there for many types of products. The content you’ll find in an EPD varies depending on the product category, but within a category, the set-up of an EPD will always be the same. This makes it easy to compare similar materials. You can find the EPD on the website of the manufacturer, on the website of the EPD issuer or in a national database.
As you can imagine, it’s really important to look at all the life stages a product goes through to define how sustainable it is. A product might be produced in a very sustainable way, but if it will only last for a short time or if it’s impossible to reuse or to recycle afterwards, then it’s not very sustainable in the end. That’s why you’ll find information about multiple life stages in an EPD.