Environmental Impact of Polymers
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This text addresses the common negative perception of polymer materials on the environment with a thorough analysis of what really occurs when industry and academia collaborate to find environmental solutions. The book examines the environmental and social effects of polymer materials and explains methods of quantifying environmental performance. With an emphasis on the importance of education, the authors stress the importance of awareness and activity in negating polymers' environmental impact.


Thierry HAMAIDE, Professor?University of Lyon, France>

Rémi DETERRE, Professor University of Nantes, France.

Jean-François FELLER, Professor University of Lorient, France.


Preface xiii

Introduction xv

Chapter 1 Some Notes on Two Controversies Around Plastic Materials and Their Media Coverage 1
Laura Maxim

Chapter 2 Plastic Waste and the Environment 13
Claude Duval

Chapter 3 Polymers and Marine Litter 27
François Galgani

Chapter 4 Between Prejudice and Realities: How Plastics are Essential for the Future 49
Michael Loubry

Chapter 5 Lifecycle Assessment and Green Chemistry: A Look at Innovative Tools for Sustainable Development 65
Sylvain Caillol

Chapter 6 Are Bioplastics "Green" Plastics? 91
Olivier Talon

Chapter 7 Environmental Characterization of Materials for Product Design 109
Stéphane Le Pochat and Arnaud Roquesalane

Chapter 8 Choice of Materails and Environmental Impact: Case of a Water Bottle
Rémi Deterre

Chapter 9 Formulation and Development of Biodegradable and Bio-Based Multiphase Materials: Plasticized Starch-Based Materials 155
Luc Avérous

Chapter 10 Different Strategies for Ecoplastics Development 201
Jean-François Feller

Chapter 11 Thoughts about Plastic Recycling Presentation of a Concrete Example: End-of-Life Polypropylene 245
Frédéric Viot

Chapter 12 Recyclable and Bio-Based Materials Open Up New Prospects for Polymers: Scientific and Social Aspects 257
Valérie Massardier

Chapter 13 Food Packaging: New Directions for the Control of Additive and Residue Migration 273
Olivier Vitrac and Audrey Goujon

Chapter 14 Biodegradability and/or Compostability? 309
Guy César

Chapter 15 The Regulation by Law of Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies 341
Eric Juet

Chapter 16 Teaching Sustainable Development 357
Serge Walter

List of Authors 363

Index 365