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Creating a new cycle using a template
Creating a new cycle using a template

This article describes how to create a cycle using a template.

Updated over a week ago

This article shows you steps on how to create a cycle using the templates Earthster provides.

When you start a new cycle, you will be taken through a wizard where you define some essential process traits.

Earthster allows you to create a new cycle straight from your main workspace.

1. Click Create New Cycle.

2. Give a name for your product.

3. Choose scope(s) by enabling the desired tabs (Distribution, Use & End of Life).

Production is selected by default.

4. Choose to start with a template.

  • It is a product category that loads a template to start your calculation.

5. Type the product category name into the text field for searching various template


  • Earthster displays the matching data under the Product name section.

6. Select the template from the list.

7. Once selected the template, you must choose the location. The default is your current location.

7. You have successfully chosen your template and location.

8. Click Next.

9. Set your product amount in units.

  • Consider how much of your product, e.g., how many products you measure in your analysis.

10. Set the value for the selected template.

  • The decided value helps you scale the template to your product, i.e., how much revenue you receive for the selected products.

11. Describe the function of your product.

  • Measuring the functional output of a cycle is one of the most challenging tasks. In some cases, these units will evolve as the project becomes more mature.

    Because of that, we ask our users to describe the product in words and specify one or more units for measuring this function. We believe it simplifies the process of defining its units.

12. Add several functional units to measure the selected function.

  • Functional units describe how your customer measure what they get from your product.

  • The number of the selected functional units is not limited.

13. Click Create Cycle.

14. You have successfully created your cycle and entered your main cycle view. This view demonstrates the whole life cycle of your product or service.

  • Move by dragging the diagram.

  • Zoom in and out by using your mouse scroll wheel.

Circles represent stages or processes. Their size is proportional to the impact on your selected impact category.

  • Click once on any stage to center it, and expand the view of its inputs.

See more advanced steps in the Earthster Knowledge Database.

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