Material value : more sustainable, less wasteful manufacturing of everything from cell phones to cleaning products
|Format:||Print Book 2019|
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Have you wondered why gold is so expensive or why so little plastic packaging is recycled? This highly readable book with a unique perspective on environmental sustainability answers these questions and more.
Readers will learn:How metals and plastics are made and what happens when they are recycled The challenges that manufacturers face when trying to make their facilities and products less toxic and less wasteful How manufacturers can extract the value of materials while doing less damage to human health and the environment The role of individuals, agencies, and governments in improving the use and reuse of materials How regulations can stifle or promote innovation How smart companies are embracing the triple bottom line--profit, people, planet--to yield creative solutions that make manufacturing safer and less wasteful Why some big corporations painted as evildoers deserve a second look. How reporting standards are making it easier to get a full picture of a company's environmental footprint
The author explains concepts clearly and concisely through compelling examples and personal stories. Hear the journeys of:A business owner recycling scrap from airplane manufacturing A former geologist running a chain of donut shops Two entrepreneurs committed to improving e-waste processing An executive promoting social and environmental responsibility at a major electronics company A chemist developing safer cleaning products Consultants helping businesses embrace practices that save resources and money Other business professionals devoted to making the world a better place
Concerned citizens with or without a background in manufacturing or business will find surprising answers to the questions facing companies as they work toward making better use and reuse of materials. Readers will come away with a new awareness of the steps they can take to help the business world succeed in making manufacturing more sustainable and less wasteful.
Contentspart I. Setting the stage: Chemicals : the helpful and the harmful ; The message you send ; Reining in excess waste
part II. The materials we use: Plastics : wonder materials or global disaster? ; Light and heavy metals
part III. Rethinking manufacturing: Reduce, reuse, recycle ; Tackling the E-waste monster ; Manufacturing and processing methods
part IV. Next steps: Regulations and certifications ; Taking action.
-- Environmental aspects.
Commercial products -- Environmental aspects.
Manufacturing processes -- Environmental aspects.
Production management -- Environmental aspects.
|Publisher|| Redmond, WA :2019
v, 230 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-215) and index.