Sustainability is about meeting our own needs – in this context making things clean – without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The general concept of improving sustainability is simple: Reduce consumption (to preserve the worlds natural resources) and reduce emissions (to minimise pollution).
Consumption and emissions will occur during a products manufacture, transportation, use and disposal. In many cases consumption and emissions are linked so reducing consumption in one area will bring benefits in other areas.
The term life cycle is used to refer to all these stages in which impact occurs. The life cycle of a typical cleaning product is illustrated below: