Materials and Sustainability: Building a Circular Future (Hardback)
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Materials and Sustainability: Building a Circular Future (Hardback)

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Hardback 252 Pages
Published: 12/04/2024
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This book examines sustainable manufacturing, from the extraction of materials to processing, use, and disposal, and argues that significant changes in all of the above are needed for the world to progress toward a more circular economy.

Materials and processing methods are usually chosen with performance as the key metric. Why has our society embraced plastics? Because they work. In most cases, they are lighter, easier to manufacture, and less expensive than the metal, wood, glass, or stone they have replaced. Why do industrial manufacturers use toxic chemicals? Because they are effective, but the unintended consequences may be severe. By learning how various materials are made and what happens when they are recycled, readers will better understand the value of materials and the challenges that manufacturers face when trying to make their facilities and products less toxic and less wasteful. The three chapters in Part I provide essential background about materials in the circular economy, chemicals, and waste. Part II delves into specific materials. It includes chapters on plastics, metals, wood and paper products, glass, and novel materials. Part III covers recycling and manufacturing processes, and Part IV delves into practical considerations, including the effect of regulations, concluding with a chapter that helps readers translate the information presented into action. Interviews with industry experts round out the chapters and offer valuable insights.

Materials and Sustainability is a must-read for business professionals who are serious about making their companies as environmentally responsible as possible and for business and engineering students who want to begin their careers with practical knowledge about materials and their impacts.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781032529318
Number of pages: 252
Weight: 657 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

“This is an important book for anyone who wants to understand how to navigate the complexities of reducing our material impact on the planet’s ecosystems. It contains much knowledge and wisdom, as well as superb interviews with those at the cutting edge of developing the circular economy.”Mark Miodownik, author of Stuff Matters and Liquid“Materials and Sustainability contains vital clues to solve the most vexing puzzle of our age: meeting human needs with products that do not, by design, damage our health and destroy nature. It is highly readable, delightfully informative, and inspiring.”Wayne Visser, author of Thriving: The Breakthrough Movement to Regenerate Nature, Society, and the Economy“This book will help readers make connections between the complex web of our material world and systems that underpin modern life. It’s a catalyst for meaningful engagement with sustainability that unpacks confusing issues in a clear, insightful, and actionable way.”Sioban Imms, CMF writer and strategist“Despite my 26 years in packaging, this book reinforces that there is so much more to learn! Kudos to the authors for sharing their wisdom to help readers understand the history of materials, which is key to developing sustainable packaging options.”Cory Connors, Director of Sustainable Packaging, Orora Packaging Solution“Materials and Sustainability lays out clearly, in terms that do not require detailed scientific knowledge, the abundance of materials that are available to manufacture 'everyday' products. This book helps designers, producers, consumers, and policymakers through that complex web of choices and points them toward greater sustainability.”David Newman, Chairman, European Bioeconomy Bureau

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