Chapter 7. Towards Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing: Polylactic Acid – A Sustainable Polymer?

  1. Adisa Azapagic Professor of Sustainable Engineering Member of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering (EFCE) UNESCO/TWAS/ICSU Visiting Scientist, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM),
  2. Slobodan Perdan Philosopher Freelance Consultant and
  3. Roland Clift Professor in Environmental Technology Director, Centre for Environmental Strategy Member, Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution Visiting Professor, Environmental System Analysis at Chalmers University
  1. James H. Clark Chair of Industrial and Applied Chemistry Founding Director of the Green Chemistry Network and
  2. Jeffrey J. E. Hardy Green Chemistry Educational Associate

Published Online: 28 JAN 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470014202.ch7

Sustainable Development in Practice: Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists

Sustainable Development in Practice: Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists

How to Cite

Clark, J. H. and Hardy, J. J. E. (2004) Towards Sustainable Chemical Manufacturing: Polylactic Acid – A Sustainable Polymer?, in Sustainable Development in Practice: Case Studies for Engineers and Scientists (eds A. Azapagic, S. Perdan and R. Clift), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470014202.ch7

Editor Information

  1. University of Surrey, UK

Author Information

  1. University of York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JAN 2005
  2. Published Print: 26 MAY 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470856086

Online ISBN: 9780470014202

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Keywords:

  • sustainable chemical manufacturing;
  • addition and condensation polymers;
  • PLA or conventional plastics

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Polymers in Today's Society

  • Major Types of Polymers in Common Use

  • Sustainability Issues Associated with Polymer Materials

  • Improving Sustainability of Polymer Materials

  • Case Study: Towards Sustainable Polymer Materials