A Practical Guide to Plastics Sustainability

A Practical Guide to Plastics Sustainability

Concept, Solutions, and Implementation

1st Edition - April 18, 2020

Write a review

  • Author: Michel Biron
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128215395
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128215401

Purchase options

Purchase options
DRM-free (Mobi, PDF, EPub)
Sales tax will be calculated at check-out

Institutional Subscription

Free Global Shipping
No minimum order


A Practical Guide to Plastics Sustainability: Concept, Solutions, and Implementation is a groundbreaking reference work offering a broad, detailed and highly practical vision of the complex concept of sustainability in plastics. The book's aim is to present a range of potential pathways towards more sustainable plastics parts and products, enabling the reader to further integrate the idea of sustainability into their design process. It begins by introducing the context and concept of sustainability, discussing perceptions, drivers of change, key factors, and environmental issues, before presenting a detailed outline of the current situation with types of plastics, processing, and opportunities for improved sustainability. Subsequent chapters focus on the different possibilities for improved sustainability, offering a step-by-step technical approach to areas including design, properties, renewable plastics, and recycling and re-use. Each of these pillars are supported by data, examples, analysis and best practice guidance. Finally, the latest developments and future possibilities are considered.

Key Features

  • Approaches the idea of sustainability from numerous angles, offering practical solutions to improve sustainability in the development of plastic components and products
  • Explains how sustainability can be applied across plastics design, materials selection, processing, and end of life, all set alongside socioeconomic factors
  • Considers key areas of innovation, such as eco-design, novel opportunities for recycling or re-use, bio-based polymers and new technologies


Academic: Researchers and advanced students in plastics engineering, polymer science, sustainability, environmental science, materials science, mechanical engineering, and chemical engineering

Table of Contents

  • 1. An Overview of Sustainability and Plastics: A Multifaceted, Relative and Scalable concept
    2. Plastics Overview: Outline of the Current Situation of Plastics
    3. Metrics of Sustainability in Plastics: Indicators, Standards, and Software
    4. Easy Measures Relating to Improved Plastics Sustainability
    5. Eco-design Rules for Plastics Sustainability
    6. Environmental and Engineering Data to Support Eco-design for Plastics
    7. Advanced Environmental and Engineering Properties to Support Eco-design for Plastics
    8. Economics Relating to Fossil and Renewable Plastics
    9. Recycling of Plastics, Advantages and Limitation of Use
    10. Transition of Plastics to Renewable Feedstock and Raw Materials
    11. Plastics Sustainability: Drivers and Obstacles
    12. Plastics Sustainability: Prospective

Product details

  • No. of pages: 690
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © William Andrew 2020
  • Published: April 18, 2020
  • Imprint: William Andrew
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128215395
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128215401

About the Author

Michel Biron

Michel Biron is a plastics consultant based in Les Ulis, France, and is a Graduate Chemist Engineer from the Institut National Supérieur de Chimie Industrielle

de Rouen and Polymer Specialist from the Institut Français du Caoutchouc. He has authored numerous technical papers and books on plastics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Plastics Consultant, Les Ulis, France

Ratings and Reviews

Write a review

There are currently no reviews for "A Practical Guide to Plastics Sustainability"