Polymers. The Environment and Sustainable Development

  • ID: 2176007
  • Book
  • 234 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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An accessible treatment of this crucial area of environmental chemistry, Polymers, the Environment and Sustainable Development employs an interdisciplinary approach to tackle the problem of polymeric materials′ inherent durability and subsequent persistence in the environment. In a format ideally suited as a study–aid, yet also a comprehensive and current reference tool, the book covers such areas as:

∗ Waste management issues

∗ Environmental impact

∗ Waste streams


∗ Recycling techniques

∗ Socio–economic implications

∗ Future directions

Each chapter provides a complete coverage of the main themes with directed further reading and revision exercises with sample questions and answers to consolidate the main issues addressed.

Essential reading for both advanced undergraduates and postgraduate students of the vast arena of environmental and polymer sciences.
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The Environment and Sustainable Development: An Integrated Strategy for Polymers.

Polymers in Everyday Use: Principles, Properties and Environmental.

Feeding the Waste Streams: Sources of Polymers in the Environment.

Managing Polymer Waste: Technologies for Separation and Recycling.

Drives and Barriers for Polymer Recycling: Social, Legal and Economic Factors.

Design for the Environment: The Life Cycle Approach.

Environmental Impacts of Recycling.

Future Directions: Towards Sustainable Technology.

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This book is a very useful and up–to–date account of the role of polymers in modern society, considering relevant implications of their use, production and disposal throughout their life cycle. The book is clear and well organized following a logical evolution according to the life cycle of polymers. The remarkable characteristic of this book is that it is almost written as a tale, concise and precise, without lacking detail and providing reliable scientific data.   (International Journal of Environmental Studies, 10 January 2011)

"...this book provides a study–aid, yet also a comprehensive and current reference tool." (Rapra Abstracts)

"...an accessible treatment of this crucial area..." (Materials World, May 2003)

"...Comprising eight very comprehensible chapters..." (Chemistry & Industry, 16 June 2003)

"...Strikingly designed and conceived..." (Industry & Environment, Jan–March 2003)

"...for any reader wishing a broad introduction to this topic...recommended..." (Choice, September 2003)

"...could be viewed as a ′life–guide′ to polymeric materials..." (Polymer International, Vol 53(2), Feb 2004)

"...an excellent textbook. All universities and colleges should have a copy..." (Materials World, 11 November 2003)

"...clearly illustrates the case...an invaluable constant reminder...an invaluable read for those wishing to make a difference..." (Environment International, Vol 29, 2004)

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