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Plastics and the Environment Editors: R M Harrison, R E Hester


About this book

Plastic has become a ubiquitous part of modern life. A cheap, lightweight material, it is used in everything from food packaging to consumer electronics and microbeads in cosmetic products. However, we are becoming increasingly aware of the problems our reliance on plastic is causing in the environment. For example, recent campaigns have highlighted the build-up of microbeads in the marine environment and the damage this is doing to wildlife, and the problem of marine litter, often in very remote locations. There are also concerns over exposure to plasticisers and their possible consequences for health.

The plastics industry is under increasing pressure, not only from the government and environmental groups, but also from consumers, to improve the environmental impact of their products.

This book presents an introduction to the uses of plastics and an overview of how they interact with the environment. It will be a valuable resource for students studying environmental science as well as researchers working in the plastics industry, and policy makers and regulators concerned with waste disposal and environmental planning and conservation.


Book content

  • The Nature of Plastics and their Societal Usage
  • The Biodegradibility of Plastics
  • Nanoplastics in the Environment
  • Plastics in Marine Litter, Microplastics in the Ocean
  • Plasticisers and their Impact on Wildlife
  • Plasticisers and Human Exposure
  • Recycling of Plastics

The print version of this book is planned for release on 19 October 2018. Information about this book is subject to change without notice.

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This book contains 188 pages.

Publication details

Copyright year: 2019
Print ISBN: 978-1-78801-241-6
ePub eISBN: 978-1-78801-660-5
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