Juul Life Cycle

by Jmate net on July 19, 2019
Raw Materials/Manufacturing


The most common materials present in the Juul are the aluminum shell,food-grade plastics, and the lithium-ion battery.

The Juul and Juul's raw materials are manufactured in San Francisco and internationally. The team works to make sure that all parts of the Juul's production comply with U.S safety and quality standards such as, "Restriction of Hazardous Substances and Electromagnetic Compatibility".

  • Processing and Manufacturing

The aluminum shell is produced from aluminum by extracted from raw bauxite ore. The food-grade plastic is manufactured from hydrocarbons derived petroleum and natural glass through a process called polymerization. The stainless steel vapor path used is made by melting iron ore, chromium, silicon, nickel, carbon, nitrogen, and manganese. The magnets for the USB are produced from iron ore magnetite or magnetized steel alloys. The circuit board is made mainly with fiberglass epoxy resin-bound on copper foil and etched with a pattern. Next, the nichrome coil heater is made from an alloy of nickel and chromium. The lithium ingot, to sheets, wound, put into a vacuum oven, and then checked with a voltmeter. The nicotine vape juice is made by extracting nicotine from tobacco leaves by crushing them and mixing them with a solvent. The vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol are added to the nicotine to produce the vape juice.

  • Embodied Energy

The processes used to produce the Juul electronic cigarette include chemical, thermal, and kinetic energy. The processes also utilize electricity. The parts of the electronic cigarette that was the most energy-intensive were the components that required metals or metal alloys, which required a furnace and high temperatures to melt. For instance, about 3% of the worlds electricity usage is just for the extraction of aluminum. This meant burning a lot of fossil fuels producing thermal, chemical energy. Almost the entire electronic cigarette was made of metals, except the plastics and the nicotine juice. These two components of the electronic cigarette used mostly thermal and chemical processes and chemical energy to produce.

  • Sustainability

Although the Juul might be seen as a more sustainable alternative when compared to traditional cigarettes, Juuls are still creating a negative impact on the environment. There is no recycling program for the Juul and most Juul products are thrown directly into the trash. This is approximately 18 million new pieces of trash each month from the Juul alone. Accumulating this much trash is not sustainable for our planet. Additionally, lithium-ion batteries and the juice from the Juul pod are both toxic for our environment and should be disposed of in a safe manner. Due to no pro-action on the part of Juul as a company, proper disposal of these products fail to occur, in turn putting our environment at risk.

  • Waste and Emissions

Despite the accumulation of waste created by the Juul due to lack of recycling programs and knowledge, the emissions caused by smoking the Juul are actually non-toxic to human lungs and to the environment. The vapor that goes into the air doesn't contain harmful CO2 and doesn't cause second-hand smoke danger.

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