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Environmental comparison of different air fresheners

Environmental comparison of different air fresheners

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This study investigates the environmental performance of three different types of aerosol based air fresheners:

  • hand-held spray can
  • battery operated sensor spray
  • battery operated timer spray

The study covers only the environmental impact from the production to the delivery to retail outlets of these air fresheners (i.e. it excludes the environmental impact of using these air fresheners and their disposal at the end of their life). The study considers a wide range of environmental impact categories, including climate change, ozone depletion, freshwater eutrophication to name a few.

The study suggests that the environmental impact of air fresheners is largely due to the container holding the fragrance and the mechanism for dispensing it, such as the aluminium and plastics (the impact of the fragrance itself is found to be minor in comparison). The study does not state which of the air fresheners investigated has the lowest environmental impact overall.

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what can I do to reduce my environmental footprint?

If you can simply open a window to reduce odour, then clearly this will have a much lower impact on the environment than using any type of air freshener. If this is not an option, look for a way to dispense a pleasant fragrance that does not require the amount of material associated with spray (aerosol-based) air freshener devices, as its not the fragrance itself but the spray (aerosol) dispenser that is responsible for most of the environmental impact of air freshening.

Report Rating: 3 out of 3

Report Published: 2013

Country: US

Author(s): Seth Herron

Publisher: The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), Arizona State University and University of Arkansas

Funder: not identified

Keywords: life cycle analysis, LCA, cradle to grave analysis, environmental footprint, air freshener, aerosol spray, aluminium canister, smell, fragrance, HDPE and PP packaging

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