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.
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