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Title: Polymers, The Environment and Sustainable Development
Authors: Adisa Azapagic, Alan Emsley
Ian Hamerton
Keywords: Environment
Issue Date: 2003
Publisher: Wiley
Description: In this book, we adopt such an approach in an attempt to examine the options and contribute towards the practice of sustainable development by addressing two important areas: resource use and waste management. We concentrate on polymeric materials and products, ubiquitous in our everyday life, to try and understand what drives and limits their production, use, re-use and recycling. We will consider a wide range of polymers, but will mainly concentrate on plastic* materials, i.e. thermoplastics and thermosets, because they constitute the majority of the market. The conceptual approach adopted in the book is illustrated in Figure 1.3, which shows a ‘life guide’ for polymers with a number of different lives (or cascades of uses) and the associated life cycle stages. The guide through the chapters is also shown in the figure. We particularly concentrate on post-consumer waste management and examine the influencing technical, legislative, environmental, economic and social factors with the aim of identifying more sustainable options for polymer re-use and recycling.
ISBN: 0-471-87740-9
Appears in Collections:Environmental and Development Studies

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