Tim Grant is the Director and Founder of Lifecycles, providing premium consultancy working on sustainability metrics. Tim Grant is a specialist in life cycle assessment (LCA) with over 25 years of experience in developing, teaching, and applying LCA. He is a co-chair of the Ecosystem Services and Natural Resource Task Force and the UNEP hosted project “Global Guidance on Environmental Life Cycle Impact Indicators” (GLAM).
Tim has been instrumental in the development of data and leading-edge sustainability software tools. He has contributed to a number of books, including Life Cycle Assessment: Principles, Practice and Prospects (CSIRO Publishing).
he demonisation of plastics to avoid challenging consumerism more broadly.
Over the past 10 years, there has been increasing pressure from community and environmental groups to reduce plastic pollution, culminating in legislation and corporate declaration of targets to become plastics free or have plastic reduction targets.
While reducing the emissions of plastics into the environment is a laudable goal, there is significant confusion over the objectives of fossil plastic replacements. It sometimes framed as a need to be not fossil, to be degradable, biodegradable, compostable, renewable or sustainable – to avoid macro plastics or microplastics.
Few products meet all of these objectives and even if they can there are the plastic replacements that can lead to higher environmental impacts including climate change, water use and land use impacts.