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Quick Start: Improve your cycles iteratively
Quick Start: Improve your cycles iteratively

This article describes ways to improve your LCA model to best reflect your situation.

Updated over a week ago

You have now walked through the basics of how Earthster works. The best way to get good at making models with Earthster is to try modelling some products you are familiar with.

Here is a list of ways to improve the appropriateness and accuracy of a template so that it best reflects your situation. The list is in order of effort:

  • Edit the value amounts for one or more inputs

  • Delete irrelevant flows. You can delete those processes in bulk if you have identified several unnecessary ones.

  • Swap data based on economic units with high variability to data based on physical units with low uncertainty. This typically means swapping the Input-Output data that comes by default on the templates for Ecoinvent data or the like.

  • Add additional processes as inputs from existing databases, like Ecoinvent and USEEIO.

  • When you already have cycles of your own, those cycles as inputs.

  • Create bundles and custom processes to represent parts of your product.

Learning more about Earthster

If you have further questions about different functionality of Earthster, continue to other collections. For example in "Using Earthster" will guide you in more depth than in the quick start guide.

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