Green Composites

1st Edition

Polymer Composites and the Environment

Editors: Caroline Baillie Randika Jayasinghe
Hardcover ISBN: 9781855737396
eBook ISBN: 9781845690397
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st September 2004
Page Count: 320
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Table of Contents

Why green composites? An introduction; Designing green composites: Traditional and future trends; Life cycle assessment (LCA); Natural fibre sources; Alternative fibre sources: Paper and wood fibres as reinforcement; Alternative solutions: Recyclable synthetic fibre-thermoplastic composites; Natural polymer sources; Optimizing the properties of green composites; Green fibre thermoplastic composites; Clean production; Applications; Extraction for reuse: Recycling and degradation of composites; Reprocessing.


There is an increasing movement of scientists and engineers who are dedicated to minimising the environmental impact of polymer composite production. Life cycle assessment is of paramount importance at every stage of a product’s life, from initial synthesis through to final disposal and a sustainable society needs environmentally safe materials and processing methods. With an internationally recognised team of contributors, Green Composites examines fibre reinforced polymer composite production and explains how environmental footprints can be diminished at every stage of the life cycle.

The introductory chapters look at why we should consider green composites, their design and life cycle assessment. The properties of natural fibre sources such as cellulose and wood are then discussed. Chapter 6 examines recyclable synthetic fibre-thermoplastic composites as an alternative solution and polymers derived from natural sources are covered in Chapter 7. The factors that influence the properties of these natural composites and natural fibre thermoplastic composites are detailed in Chapters 8 and 9. The final four chapters consider clean processing, applications, recycling, degradation and reprocessing.

Green composites is an essential guide for agricultural crop producers, government agricultural departments, automotive companies, composite producers and material scientists all dedicated to the promotion and practice of eco-friendly materials and production methods.

Key Features

  • Reviews fibre reinforced polymer composite production
  • Explains how environmental footprints can be diminished at every stage of the life-cycle


Government agricultural departments, automotive companies, and others devoted to eco-friendly materials and production


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About the Editors

Caroline Baillie Editor

Caroline Baillie is the Dupont Canada Chair of Engineering Education Research and Development at Queen’s University, Ontario. Her research interests focus on natural sustainable composites and biomimicry and the development of engineering-based solutions for environmental and social problems. She has contributed to over 100 publications in materials science and education and has authored four books and edited two special editions on natural fibre composites. Caroline is the Chair of Engineering Education for the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics. She is the Research Theme Leader for Engineering Education Research and Director of FASE (Faculty Academy for the Scholarship of Education). Before coming to Perth, Caroline was Chair of Engineering Education Research and Development at Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, where she was also cross appointed into Chemical Engineering, Sociology and Women's studies. Formerly she was lecturer at Imperial College, UK and the University of Sydney, as well as Deputy Director of the Materials Subject Centre, part of the Learning and Teaching support network in the UK.

Affiliations and Expertise

Queen's University, Canada

Randika Jayasinghe Editor

Randika Jayasinghe is the Project Coordinator of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade funded project led by UWA: ‘Australian-Sri Lankan University partnerships to develop community-based recycling businesses’. Randika has a background in waste management and has recently completed her PhD on the use of waste-based composites.

Affiliations and Expertise

Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, The University of Western Australia (UWA)