Life Cycle Thinking; A Paradigm Shift for Materials Selection

Published 15 December 2022

If the average lifespan of humans was twice what it is today, would we think differently about products we consume and the materials those products are made from? Furthermore, would our lifestyle and professional judgements change if we directly experienced all the legacy impacts of sub-optimal judgements like single use products?

The notion of life-cycle thinking is becoming more and more important in our society. Furthermore, adopting this type of thinking is vital in order to ensure we make the best possible decisions to safeguard the future of our global society and our planet. Many people understand this message, but little has really changed in our day-to-day lives. The notion of using resilient materials in our society has, for many decades, been subliminally overtaken by the single use principle. Outside of healthcare where patient safeguarding is paramount why have we allowed ourselves to be brainwashed into relentlessly adopting single-use and often unrecycled products?

During the recent life cycle thinking webinar, worldstainless Secretary-General Tim Collins provided some enlightening thinking and approaches that will encourage people to think from a life-cycle perspective in both their everyday and professional lives. Real world examples were used to illustrate why life-cycle thinking is not just important, it is critical to safeguard a fair future for our children and our grandchildren. Therefore, if you are interested in change for the better, please watch a recording here.

View all news articles