Clearly lays out the issues related to plastics' effects on the environment, while also serving as a practical, non-academic guide for making sustainabilityÂ decisions about plastics recycling and the newest bio-based plastics
Company managers, product developers, policy makers, environmental researchers, and plastics industry engineers are under increasing pressure to find ways of minimizing the environmental footprint of plastic products. This accessible book is designed to help readers understand the life-cycle impacts of various plastics, clarifying the technical research and practical arguments to show when bio-based and recycled plastics might be useful options for reducing the overall energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and waste associated with traditional plastics.
Plastics and Sustainability compares traditional fossil fuel-based plastics with bio-based plastics in terms of properties, environmental impacts, and costs -- indicating what the most effective approaches could be for using recycled, biodegradable, or various bio-based materials. The book makes objective comparisons between bioplastics and all commonly used plastics, focusing on how they affect production economics, product requirements, and retailer and consumer needs. It incorporates research concerning life-cycle assessment, production techniques, and commercial applications, and presents "green" guidelines about product design, recycling, processing efficiency, and material selection. The book also reports on recent industry developments and commercial trends in an effort to synthesize conclusions that are necessary for finding the right balance between bio-based and fossil-fuel based plastic products.
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This book serves as a unique handbook that answers over a thousand of the potential combinations of basic variables or problems that can occur from up-stream to down-stream equipment. Guidelines are provided for maximizing processing efficiency and operating at the lowest possible cost. It explains in a clear, concise and simple format the various extrusion processes that produce different commodity and engineered plastic products. Extruding Plastics's practical approach provides, for the novice and experienced personnel, a methodology on extrusion advancements and trends. This leads to a streamlining of processing lines by anticipating problems, which causes them, how to eliminate them, and/or how to take corrective action. The content and index are arranged to provide a natural progression from simple to complex situations. It correlates materials, equipment, process controls, product requirements, and people. Readers who will find this book invaluable include: those already extruding and desiring to obtain additional information for their line; those processing or extruding plastics for the first time; those considering going into another extrusion process; those obtaining information about employing the design of various products more efficiently performance-wise and cost-wise; those in new venture groups, materials development, and/or market development; those in disciplines such as non-plastics manufacturers, engineers, designers, quality control, financial, and management; and those requiring a comprehensive introduction on extrusion.